11July 2019 – (EP) The first phase of new road construction; renovation and expansion of old Eritrean roads to the Ethiopian borders are finalising (pictured).
Parts of the main arterial roads that are being rehabilitated between the Eritrean port city of Massawa and the Ethiopian border are: 40 kilometres of Nefasit – Dekemare; 29 km of Dekemare – Tera Emni; 18 km of Adi Quala – Enda Gergis as well as Adi Keih to Digas via Halay, and Digas to Serha.
The project is financed through the EU Trust Fund for Africa and through the United Nation’s Office for Project Services.
In February this year, Neven Mimica, EU commissioner for international cooperation and development said the rehabilitation of road connections between the Ethiopian border and the Eritrean port city of Massawa will boost trade and create jobs as well as pursuing development cooperation to tackle root causes of poverty and to reinforce the peace agreement and economic integration of the two countries.
The second phase will be asphalting the dirt roads.
Credit: Paulos Netabay