Ethiopia gets $ 208 mln China loan for power, cement

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ADDIS ABABA, Sep 25 (Reuters) Ethiopia on Tuesday signed a 8 million loan agreement with China, to finance new power generation and expand a cement factory, the Horn of Africa country's finance minister said.

Economic powerhouse China has been wooing African countries with aid and loans in a bid to better access the continents raw materials and consumer markets, to feed its exploding economy.

''The loan with China's Import Bank and the state-owned, Commercial Bank of Ethiopia will be used to finance expansion of a cement factory and for power generation,'' said Sufian Ahmed, Ethiopia's finance minister.

Ethiopia has received 8 million in development loans from Beijing this year, he said.

He said 0 million received earlier was used to finance various projects.

Sufian said annual trade volume between the two countries in 2006/07 was 0 million.

REUTERS SR

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