The first phase of the construction of the Adi Guadad-Akordet, two-lane, 134 km new asphalt road was launched at a ceremony held today, 11 November in Habela.
The first phase of the construction of the new road by Chinese Company ‘SFECO’ is expected to be accomplished within two years and will cover 30 km from Habela to Cheatat.
At the launching ceremony in which Mr. Hagos Gebrehiwet, head of the PFDJ Economic Affairs took part, the Minister of Public Works, Mr. Abraha Asfeha indicates that the old road connecting Asmara with Gash Barka region passing through Keren was very narrow and with rolling mountainous topography that limits the driving speed and open to high risk.
Mr. Yang Zigang, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Eritrea indicating that since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1993, Eritrea and China cooperation has been strengthened continuously.
He also said that the ‘SFECO’ Construction Company has vast experience and capacity to construct the road and is expected the Eritrean nationals that join the program will gain substantial experience.
This mountainous segment will be constructed on the basis of the Chinese Government concessional loan.
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