Ethiopia says satisfied with performance of Chinese Company CGC in water supply sector

13:44, March 24, 2010      

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The Addis Ababa City Government Water and Sewerage Authority (AWSA) on Tuesday praised the performance of the Chinese Company China Geoengineering Cooperation (CGC) in water supply sector.

Wondimu Tekle, the deputy technical general manager with AWSA, said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua that Addis Ababa's clean water supply has now reached 73 percent which was less than 48 percent two years back and AWSA has been striving to raise the city's clean water supply coverage to 95 percent from 73 percent now.

To this end, the authority has been working with CGC, a Chinese company which has an experience of over 10 years here in Ethiopia in construction of roads and water and sanitation projects.

Addis Ababa, the capital of the nation, is supplied with water from three main sources from two dams and one well field area, namely the Geferssa Dam in west of Addis, the Legedadi Dam in East, and the Akaki Kality well field area in the south of the capital.

Tekle said AWSA has managed to achieve the success through partnership with foreign contractors, especially with the Chinese company CGC.

CGC has been working with the authority over the last four years on water supply projects. Currently the company is undertaking a water supply project running from Akaki area to Gotera interchange which covers 18 kilometers. The Company is laying pipes and constructing transmitters and reservoirs.

The project with three Ground Water Sites is expected to be finalized by the end of June, raising the clean water supply to 95 percent in the city.

Had it not been CGC with quite good financial and technical capacity, the authority would not have gained this achievement, said Tekle.

He said CGC has helped AWSA a lot in undertaking the project as per the schedule in the contract, and by employing its sound management and technical skills.

Sun Guoqiang, the general manager of CGC, said the project with AWSA is going smoothly and upon completion the project will enable Addis Ababans to have easier access to clean water.

CGC has been in Ethiopia undertaking various roads and water projects in different parts of the country.

Bekele Gashu, an Ethiopian who has worked for over five years with CGC in roads and water projects, said he is happy to work with a Chinese company from which he drew tremendous lessons.

He has worked with CGC for projects in Dire Dawa, east of Addis Ababa and Wollo, north of the metropolis. He is now working on the water project in Addis Ababa.

Tekle said in addition to enabling the city administration to ensure the supply of clean water to residents, CGC has been transferring knowledge and skills to Ethiopian engineers and local staffs.

"Ethiopians learn more from Chinese including the habit of hard work. We learn work organization and time management," said Tekle.

Tekle expressed hope that CGC that is working with sound financial and technical capacity will compete and win tenders which the authority will float for further projects.

Source: Xinhua
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