President says Japan-assisted road projects strengthen development efforts

President says Japan-assisted road projects strengthen development efforts

Addis Ababa-President Girma Wolde-Giorgis said road projects being carried out in Ethiopia with the assistance of the government of Japan would enhance the ongoing development efforts in the country.

The President said the projects also play an important role in strengthening the existing relations between the two countries.

The President made the statement while holding talks here yesterday with the President of the Association of Friends of Ethiopia, Dr. Sadao Umeda, who is also Chairman of Kajima Corporation.

President Girma said that Ethiopia would provide the necessary support for the implementation of the projects, according to a spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Girma said Dr. Umeda’s presidency would help to strengthen people-to-people relations of the two countries.

The association countributes a significant share in the efforts to strengthen the long standing ties between Ethiopia and Japan, the president said.

Dr. Umeda exchanged views with the president on issues related to strengthening the relationships between the two nations.

Dr. Umeda said the construction of the Addis Ababa-Gohatsion and Gohatsion-Dejen including the Abay Bridge being undertaken by Kajime Corporation would enable to raise road development in the country.

Dr. Umeda has visited the Japanese garden at the National Palace

Ethiopian Herald, 22/04/2006