Siemens AG, a German multinational tech company headquartered in Berlin and Munich, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Ethiopia to support the country’s efforts in developing its energy and infrastructure sectors.
Siemens will assist the East African nation in its ongoing drive to become a low middle-income country by 2025.
Other key aspects of the agreement include financing concepts that will ensure the long-term sustainability of these infrastructure initiatives; and creating opportunities for local up-skilling and job creation during construction and operation.
Ethiopia’s Growth and Transformation Plan serves as a catalyst towards realizing its national vision of accelerated and sustained economic growth in order to eradicate poverty and increase prosperity.
“Siemens can make a significant contribution to Ethiopia’s development. We will apply our vast experience and proven technologies as well as training and education capabilities to help shape the future of Ethiopia and its people. One of the starting projects affirming our strong commitment in the region is the East Africa Interconnector,” said Joe Kaeser, CEO for Siemens AG.
Siemens is currently helping to increase the reliability of energy supply through an interconnector being built between Kenya and Ethiopia. The roughly 1,000 kilometres-long transmission line will transmit environmentally friendly hydroelectricity from Ethiopia to Kenya. The project currently supports 200 direct jobs in Ethiopia alone and is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Africa.
The primary goal of this agreement is to commit to a long-term partnership between Siemens and the people of Ethiopia to develop, fast track solutions that will enable government to stabilise and expand existing grid infrastructure, explore solutions for industrial parks and co-develop microgrid solutions for remote villages.
“This milestone agreement is another step in demonstrating our strong commitment to the people and government of Ethiopia,” said Sabine Dall’Omo, Siemens CEO for Southern and Eastern Africa.
“We are here today as we have been since 1927, to help achieve affordable and reliable power supply, create jobs, increase access to training and develop local skills alongside local partners,” she added.