The second phase of ring road that stretches out to 33 km around Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, was formally inaugurated and opened to traffic Sunday.
Speaking at the handover ceremony, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia Ai Ping said that the Ethiopian government and the Addis Ababa City Council have attached great importance to the development of infrastructure, and the municipal government managed to allocate huge fund for this magnificent ring road project.
The ring road, which has been under construction by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) since 1998, is expected to be completely finished by the end of 2003 with a total cost of some 76 million US dollars.
While people here are witnessing a significant improvement of infrastructure in Ethiopia, the Chinese ambassador said that "we are also witnessing a steady growth of the mutually beneficial relations between China and Ethiopia."
He believed the ring road with the completion of the whole project will become a scenery spot of the city and greatly improvethe urban infrastructure and transport.
Also at the ceremony, Arkabe Oqubay, mayor of the Addis Ababa City Administration, expressed his thankful to the Chinese companyfor the effort it exerted to discharge responsibility to make the project reach this stage, saying that the construction of ring road is one of the major priorities the Ethiopian government has committed itself in order to alleviate the traffic problem of the city.
He noted that the provisional administration of Addis Ababa will continue enhancing its efforts towards this goal.