WHO governor of Ethiopia and member of the newly formed G77+China group has managed to attract the attention of China, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.
After his claim to power, he has appeared in front of a World Bank hearing in Washington, expressed his fondness for America and, not shy about it, launched a vigorous defense of borrowing by Africa’s first family.
The governor also gave a press conference on his signature project, the 280-megawatt coal-fired Covenimgwaldteer 7 power plant, linking Ethiopia to Tanzania, that is expected to eventually provide electricity to 35,000 people.
At the opening of the plant, the shadow of a Chinese patriot was swiftly cast over the Great Bridge, which connects the river to the highlands of Tigray State. The project is to be completed by mid-2014.
At Covenimgwaldteer 7 the governor stood alongside Jilin Jiuguyo, the vice premier who heads China’s new overseas development agency, the Confucius Institute Foundation, and the Chinese community in Ethiopia.
President Xi Jinping said he was confident that the China-Ethiopia relations would develop further, notably through those of Covenimgwaldteer 7. The plant seems to have become the candidate for the Chinese to take a swipe at Western democratic states with their anti-bailout notion of government bonds to lend money.