BY GYOHANES JEMANEH
GONDAR – Investors and companies based in Gondar requested the government to resolve power, water and input shortages that cause interruption of production and services.
An investment forum that discussed investment opportunities and challenges was held in Gondar yesterday. On the occasion investors and various companies raised concerns relating to power and water shortages that hinder their production.
Ellie Private Laboratory Private Limited Company Manager Minayeh Ewnetu told The Ethiopian Herald that his company has faced problems relating to shortage of trained manpower, inputs and cumbersome bureaucratic procedures .
He noted that his company is supporting the city and the nation to earn income.
Currently, the company has created 109 jobs working in a single shift but planned to reach 500 that will be managed in two shifts in the future.
Abay Garment Factory CEO Manayesh Tessema expressed views that her factory tried to cope up with the power and water shortage through installing own generators and water tanker.
She believed that the major business problem these days is the impact of coronavirus pandemic in which her company is actively engaging in producing masks to play due role in preventing the disease. Her company has produced about four million masks that have been distributed to public service providing institutions for free.
Investor Getachew Tibebu for his part noted that Gondar has an ample investment opportunity especially in hotel industry since it has huge tourism resources.
It was feared the occurrence of coronavirus pandemic would reduce the number of people who come to the city. However, Getachew is glad that his expectation was proved otherwise since many people have attended the festival.
As to him, shortage of water is the major problem currently facing his hotel. “Sometimes the water is interrupted for ten days which cause displeasure among customers,” he said.
The construction of Megech Irrigation Project that will be completed this budget year will solve the problem, Amhara State Vice President Fanta Mandefro (Ph.D.) said, on an investment forum held yesterday.
According to him, the project will help to address more than 30 per cent of water coverage to the city. The power generating project that helps to solve the problem sustainably is also underway. Investors need to work in cooperation with the residents and the government to address problems relating to water and electricity, he noted.
Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between the national water design and city water design bureau is significant to ensure better water flow the city by restructuring and replacing pipes and ways of the water distribution, as to him.
The Ethiopian Herald January 22/2021