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Financing Mass Transport In Africa To Kickstart Urban Development

By Kurt Davis Jr.

The story of Africa’s growth is still trending up. The continent will continue to experience major urban development in the coming decades. Such urban development requires improved mass transport and freight-moving systems, and significant rail investment, to support the population growth. Some urban planners even argue that mass transport networks are central to cities’ ability to control the expansion and better manage property development. Reducing travel times and boosting land values underpin the thinking that railway transport can be an effective tool to structuring and planning urban spaces in an economical, social and sustainable way.

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Ethiopia: Construction to Get PM Led Council

A new bill, which has been designed by the Ministry of Construction, sent to the office of Attorney General for review. The Ministry of Construction (MoC) has finalised a bill for the establishment of a Construction Industry Transformation Council, which is going to be chaired by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. The draft regulation, which has been designed by the Ministry for the past five years, was sent to the office of the Attorney General two weeks ago for review and improvement regarding the legal perspectives.

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Bitania Amare, an Ethiopian entrepreneur building an online platform to help customers in Addis Ababa order their food online

If you have ever experienced that feeling of being in the work environment and feeling hungry, but not being able to leave the office or workspace because things are just too busy, then WeDeliver, a startup business founded by entrepreneur Bitania Amare has the answer. Her new online ordering platform is making it easy for consumers to get their purchases delivered directly to them. 

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WeDeliver is an online ordering platform that allows users in Addis Ababa to order food or other items online and have it delivered to their door steps within 60 minutes. WeDeliver began with a mission to empower consumers by creating a gateway that they can use to access local businesses at their finger tips. Currently, WeDeliver is involved in the delivery of food and is expanding into delivery of Leather Products, Gift Articles, Documents and Packages.

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AGOA: Just 1 Reason Why China Loves Manufacturing In Ethiopia

Ethiopia attracted foreign investments of US$1.2 billion in the first six months of the 2016-2017 fiscal year, dominated by Chinese companies. The investment is helping Ethiopia develop as a manufacturing hub for the global textile market. Out of the 124 foreign investors that expressed an interest in Ethiopia’s textile and clothing sector over the past three months, 71 were from China. Indian clothing and textile industry could also be a significant future player, with more than 30 investor inquiries. “The bulk of recent investment is being made by Chinese companies in the textile and apparel sector,” said Mekonnen Hailu, public relations director for the Ethiopian Investment Commission.

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