Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn (centre), Arkebe Oqubay, special adviser to the prime minister and board chairperson of the Industrial Park Development Corporation (IPDC) (left), and Gedu Andargachew, president of Amhara Regional State, during the inauguration ceremony of the first phase of Kombolcha Industrial Park (KIP) on July 08, 2017.
Kombolcha Industrial Park, which houses firms that specialise in textile, clothing and food-processing, is the second specialised industrial park in the country next to Hawassa Industrial Park (HIP) to be officially opened by the Prime Minister.
Sprawling on 75ha of land, the construction of this first phase of the Park cost the government 90 million dollars. Upon completion, the Park will cover a total of 700ha. It has 13 sheds, of which nine are fully completed.
Constructed by the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), KIP is located 480km from the port of Djibouti and six kilometres from Kombolcha dry port. The Ethiopian Shipping Lines & Logistics Service Enterprise has already received 35ha of land to relocate the Kombolcha dry port behind the newly inaugurated Park.
The Park is part of the government’s plan to erect 15 industrial parks throughout the country. All the industrial parks are being developed with service providing centres like one-stop shops, fire prevention and protection, waste treatment, facilitation and aftercare, and customs clearance service for imported raw materials and exported products.