Eight roads, covering 600km will be built in Ethiopia at a cost of 16.3 billion birr over the next three years. The Ethiopian Roads Authority signed agreements last Thursday, with Chinese construction companies, Defense Construction Enterprise, Yencomad Construction and Sur Construction. The roads will be built in Afar, Oromia, Amhara, and Tigray regional states. Out of the eight road projects, five were awarded to Chinese construction companies. ERA Director-General Habtamu Tegegn said the cost will be covered by the government.