EU to Help Rebuild Roads Connecting Eritrean Ports to Ethiopia
February 8, 2019 (Ezega.com) - The European Union (EU) will help rebuild roads connecting Eritrean ports to Ethiopia border towns, according to report from FBC.
The Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development of EU, Neven Mimica, is visiting Eritrea today. He met President Isaias Afewerki of Eritrea to launch a project to rebuild the road connecting Ethiopian border with Eritrean ports with initial investment of €20 million.
The project will be financed by EU Trust Fund for Africa and through the United Nation’s Office for Project Services (UNOPS), according to the report.
During his visit, Neven Mimica is met with the President of Eritrea Isaias Afwerki to discuss the situation in the region and explore ways for the EU and Eritrea to step up political relations and dialogue on matters of concern to both sides.
According to Commissioner Mimica “The European Union is committed to support Eritrea and Ethiopia in delivering their historic peace agreement, which ended twenty years of conflict. To back this, we are launching a €20 million programme to rebuild the roads connecting both countries. This will boost trade, consolidate stability, and have clear benefits for the citizens of both countries through the creation of sustainable growth and jobs.”
Eritrea and Ethiopia signed peace agreement in July last year, ending 20 years of hostilities. Since then the two countries have gone through various exchanges and visits cementing the new relations. Eitrea has also been refurbishing its port facilities for use by Ethiopia.