Choking landlocked Ethiopia signs agrt with Sudan to use Port Sudan in its foreign trade; Djibouti nationals given special status

31 Dec

Editor’s Note:

In its trouble to get access to international market, Ethiopia since the past two decades has been bending in every direction to get port services – Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somaliland, Sudan – thanks to the sins of the criminal Meles Zenawi and the TPLF.

We have seen everyday, Ethiopia will continue to pay for their sins. Meles used to tell Ethiopians arrogantly that Ethiopia did not need any port. As a caveat, he added, his cacophony: if need be Ethiopia would pay for it like any goods! Yes, no doubt that it has to treat Djibouti now like an egg on a spoon. Sudan has taken a chunk of our agricultural lands in western Ethiopia.

To add insult to injury, last week in Addis Abeba the Man in the Prime Minister’s Office, aka, Hailemariam Dessalegn, was beaming with pride at his press conference about smartness of TPLF’s policy, which

has made arrangements with Djibouti

    (video: at 12:29) that has made them the only foreign nationals that can build and own houses in Ethiopia! No other IGAD member nation is given such privilege or status in Ethiopia!

What great TPLF innovation, at least, until they face the real anger of the Ethiopian people and dress down by history!

 

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Addis Abeba (Sudan Tribune): Landlocked Ethiopia is to start using Sudan’s main seaport on the Red Sea for importing goods, the Ethiopian ministry of transport disclosed Tuesday.

Ethiopia has been using Port Sudan only to export its products to the international market, and this will be its first to use the Port of Sudan’s to ship in goods.

State minister Getachew Mengistie told Ethiopian news agency that the move was taken to cope up expanding demand from the country’s growing economy.

Mengistie said Ethiopian government has signed a deal with its Sudanese counterpart to import 50, 000 tonnes of fertilisers via Port Sudan.

“To solve the problem of storage space, a new 5 000 meter square storage facility has been opened a week ago around Mojjo,” he added.

The horn of Africa’s nation currently uses port of Djibouti to execute over 90 percent its total import export trade, making Djibouti Ethiopia’s prime economic partner.

In the past Ethiopia had been using Eritrea’s port of Assab; the closest port to the country however was closed after the two neighbours fought a two year long war in 1998 that has killed an estimated 70,000 people.

Ethiopia is currently looking for alternative sea ports in neighbouring countries of Sudan, Kenya and Somalia to ease increasing dependency in Djibouti.

The Ethiopian government is currently working with counterparts in the autonomous Somaliland region in Somalia to use Berbera port.

Ethiopia which is one of the 16 landlocked countries in Africa pays hundreds of millions of dollars annually for port services.

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