Ethiopia’s ruling coalition has been adhering to what it calls revolutionary-democracy ideology almost all its life. Reforms that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government introduced in the last seven months have clearly demonstrated that the ruling coalition has essentially dropped the ideology.
Fana Broadcasting Corporation (FBE) news today about US $7 billion private-public partnership project in the areas of power generation and transport seems to confirm that the transition from revolutionary democracy to neoliberal governance principles is happening in full force.
Ethiopian government has already approved seventeen private-public partnership projects, according to the source.
In the transport sector, 125 kilometers of expressway between Nazret (what is now Adama) and Awash is to be constructed at a cost of US $440 million dollars. Another US $230 million is to be spent on 72 kilometers of express way between Awash to Meiso. And then another 160 kilometers of road from Meiso to Dire Dawa which is to cost US $445 million. Private partners to the project are not yet identified, according to the report by Fana, as the government is, reportedly, yet to start the contracting out process.
The government is also embarking on about 13 power generation projects in different parts of the country.
Public-Private Partnership office director,Teshome Tafesse, is cited as saying that construction of the projects will commence this Ethiopian year.
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