Ministry satisfied with success in cobblestone dev’t initiative

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Addis Ababa, 5 March 2014 (WIC) – Urban Development, Housing and Construction Minister Mekuria Haile satisfied with the success gained in realizing the groundbreaking cobblestone development initiative.
In an exclusive interview with WIC recently, Mekurai said that Ethiopia has successfully implemented the initiative in various cities throughout the country.
In addition to increasing the beauty and the road standard as well as enhancing technology transfer, the initiative contributed a lot in reducing unemployment in the country, he said.
“Cobblestone initiative is one of the programs drafted by the government of Ethiopia to create massive job opportunities for unemployed youths, thereby reducing poverty,” he said.
The program has created jobs for countless unemployed women and youth, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) graduates and other members of the society, Mekuria said.
The cobblestone initiative has also provided opportunities for micro and small enterprises (MSE) to flourish and entrepreneurs to transfer to small and medium businesses, the minister added.
The program also contributed a lot towards promoting technology transfer in urban infrastructure development and construction industry sectors, he added.
The Ministry of Urban Development, Housing and Construction of Ethiopia won the 2013 UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor Award for its groundbreaking cobblestone development initiatives.
The initiative addresses the need for infrastructure development, recognizing the need to utilize locally available, low-carbon construction materials and labor intensive mechanisms. It covers multiple sectors of urban development and is socially inclusive focused on youth and women.