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Ethiopian companies eye construction business in South Sudan


By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

January 18, 2011(ADDIS ABABA) – As the possibility of the formation of the new state, South Sudan comes closer to realisation, Ethiopia’s giant construction and water companies have shown broad interest in contract business in the area.

Awash Welday Water Works and General Contractor are one among the leading companies in Ethiopia’s construction sector. Named after the owner and general manager, the company has a first grade general contractor license (GC-1) in both water works and in construction which enables it to undertake construction projects worth 25 million Birr (US$ 1.5 million) and above.

“Regardless of the referendum outcome, we are ready to execute as much projects as offered, should we get the grants from south Sudan” Awash Welday told Sudan Tribune in an interview.

“We have the skills, experience, financial capacity and the will to take projects in south Sudan.

As neighbours, and with long-standing historic ties with Sudan we have the responsibility to support the brotherly people of south Sudan” he added.

Awash’s company currently executes projects in Tigray, Oromiya, south Ethiopia and the inhospitable Afar region.

Awash says his company is also well known for accomplishing projects on time and meeting the standards in difficult circumstances.

“We have done several World Bank funded projects in the volcanically active Afar region’s Dallol, in the Danakil Depression [the hottest place on earth] battling temperatures that reach up to 50 degree centigrade.

According to the owner, his company is fully equipped with machinery and undertakes the construction of multi-storied buildings, schools, institutes, government buildings, residential houses, bridges and in the water sector it executes water supply systems dams’ irrigation work, water treatment and sewerage systems." Awash noted.

Preliminary results from the South Sudan referendum indicate support for secession. In Ethiopia 98.4% of the total votes have chosen in favour of independence. However, years of civil war devastated the region and infrastructure needs a great deal of work. If south secedes, analysts say health care, sanitation, water supplies, electricity and roads will need an immediate attention.

Niat Building contractor PLC is also among leading Ethiopian companies keen to engage in construction business in south Sudan.

Owned by Mokonen Alemayo, the company is well known of carrying out foreign-funded projects in the northern Tigray region mainly in areas affected by the 1998-2000 border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea.

Mokonen Alemayo, also general manager, says his company could handle a multi-million dollar projects in Ethiopia or outside Ethiopia:

“We can build condominiums, recreational areas, health centres, hotels amongst others.

We have long been engaged in taking projects aimed to reconstruct war affected areas and with our qualified professionals and rich experience I have no doubt that we will do a successful job in South Sudan and in parallel we share our experience with the people there.”

Rivan Co. Engineering PLC is also among the Ethiopian firms that want to engage, mainly in water works and water drilling activities.

In charge of the firm is Natnael Gebremichael. He says the firm undertakes waterworks systems, building reservoirs, dam construction, irrigation, drainage and water drilling.

Currently the company is executing projects in Tigray and in the vast Oromiya region of Ethiopia.

“We have qualified professionals including civil structure and technical engineers, hydrologists and geologists.

With deep experience in water works, hydro structure, dam construction and on top of that being well-equipped we are competent enough to undertake massive projects in Sudan.” Natnael said.

Currently, there are two Ethiopian government owned financial firms in South Sudan, Ethiopian Commercial Bank and the Ethiopia Insurance Company.


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  • 19 January 2011 06:09, by Victory

    This is also a wake up call to the southerns to begin to implement the knowledg they have in the various fileds,otherwise foreigners will carry away all of our wealths,may GOD bless South Sudan.

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  • 19 January 2011 07:06, by Stephen kuach

    Ethiopia was one of the strongest ally with the SPLA/M back in ninteen-eighty-three until the day Mengistu Haile Mariam was overpowered by the tigrenya movement,our movement bases were kept in Ethiopia until the day comprehensive peace agreement was signed.to be honest with you,we as Southerners are better to have a good relationship with Ethiopia than Kenya and Uganda.

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    • 19 January 2011 08:24, by Nhomlawda

      Currently, South Sudan do not have well established companies to undertake major projects and complete them within time and budget allocated. Many projects within the interim period started in Juba such as airport terminal and many other significant building projects but many ended up as white elephants due to either inexperience of companies contracted, poor resource allocation, or corruption.
      With that experience, we need major foreign companies to immediately implement key projects design to transform lives of many Southern Sudanese.
      Projects such as mechanize farming, roads, bridges, and dams constructions, water installations, and housing construction are key areas for mass employment and have to be implemented as soon as possible to engage many Southerners and to distribute resources to people so that quality of life begins to improve.
      All these cannot be achieved by inexperience companies as they are now being formed in South Sudan.
      Native companies can be given junior roles in the projects to work as partners with major foreign companies so that they can learn and later on those native companies can takeover running of the construction sectors.

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  • 19 January 2011 15:39, by Facts Check

    We don’t want South Sudan to continue to be an exporter of money and jobs only. This is way GOSS is blame all of the time of where is the money question all the time. They allow them to be exported damn-it!!

    The government must not allow companies that take money away with out re-investing in the country and these companies must hire Southern Sudanese first before they bring even sweepers from their countries.

    Else the citizen will expel them if our peace dividends are taken by foreigners

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  • 19 January 2011 21:14, by original sudanese

    I suggest hiring original Sudanese to do the job...

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  • 28 July 2012 17:41, by danaray79

    Thanks to a brilliant effort in publishing your article. One can be more informative as this. There are many things I can know only after reading your wonderful article. Thesis Writing.

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