Shinichi Saida, Ambassador of Japan to Ethiopia, and Admasu Nebebe, Ethiopia’s State Minister for Finance and Economic Cooperation, signed the Exchange of Notes for three Grant Assistance Projects.
They are for the "Installation of a Geothermal Wellhead in Aluto Langano," "Construction of Secondary Schools in Tigray Region" and "Improvement of Water Supply in Bahir Dar City."
Ambassador Saida after the signing ceremony said the government of Japan is determined to contribute to Ethiopia's vision of becoming a lower middle-income country by 2025, as outlined in the Second Growth and Transformation Plan of the country.
The "Installation of Geothermal Wellhead in Aluto Langano" project will help diversify power sources, and realize the power supply from a geothermal power plant through the introduction of wellhead power system. The project is expected to benefit 300,000 people.
The "Construction of Secondary Schools in Tigray Region" project is expected to improve access to secondary education in rural areas, and to mitigate overcrowded classrooms in existing schools in the urban areas of the Tigray Region.
The project will establish seven new secondary schools and preparatory schools in Tigray National Regional State, with the project benefiting 8,956 students in the region.
The "Improvement of Water Supply in Bahir Dar City" project will improve the volume of the water supply through the development of deep wells, expansion of distribution networks, construction of distribution reservoirs, among others, in Bahir Dar City, thereby contributing to decreasing water borne-diseases and reducing labour for drawing water in the target area.