Monday, February 13, 2006

Somaliland offers land

The Somaliland authorities are offering land to Ethiopian business- people.

At a meeting held in Addis Ababa, officials of Berbera Port asked Ethiopians to take land in Berbera to be used for building warehouses.

Mr. Ali Umer Mohammed, general manager of Berbera Port, said the port administration was developing a free trade zone in Berbera. Ali Mohammed said the administration had already prepared a 25 plot of land near the port.

The fee trade zone has electric power, water, telephone lines and other utilities. "This is the first phase of a free trade zone development," he added. Mr Mohammed said Ethiopian business people could acquire plots of land in the free trade zone, adding that the cost of the land was negotiable.

Last November, the Ethiopian government started importing goods through Berbera Port, 910 km east of Addis Ababa. So far, the port handled 1,500 tonnes of cargo that belongs to state enterprises. The Somaliland authorities invited Ethiopian business people to visit the port.

Source : The Reporter

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