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Ethiopia-Djibouti cross-border water project nears completion – official

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The Ethiopia-Djibouti cross-border potable water project will be finalized in three months, an official said on Tuesday.The project, which could supply safe drinking water for more than 700,000 Djibouti nationals, was tested three weeks ago and proved successful, Demelash Mulu, manager of the project told reporters in Addis Ababa.

The construction of the project was launched in July 2015, at a cost of $329 million being a loan secured by the government of Djibouti from the Export-Import Bank of China.

The project is being executed by a Chinese construction company, CGC Overseas Construction Co. Ltd (CGCOC), and entails the construction of water wells, reservoirs, and the supply and installation of 102-kilometer water distribution pipelines.

The Ethiopia-Djibouti cross-border potable water project, one of the largest water projects in East Africa, is anticipated to solve the drinking water problems in Djibouti, as well as deepen ties between the two countries.

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