President Mulatu meets Turkey’s former environment, urban planning minister

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Addis Ababa, 15 August 2014 (WIC) – The President of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Mulatu Teshome, met the former Environmental and Urban Planning Minister of Turkey, Erdogan Bayraktar, at the National Palace yesterday.

Bayraktar expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome he and the eight member delegation were received with. He noted the remarkable job President Mulatu did in the seven years he served as Ethiopia’s ambassador to Turkey in contributing to enhance the friendship of the two countries through diplomatic and economic relations.

He also praised President Mulatu’s efforts in encouraging Turkish investors to invest in Ethiopia.

Turkey’s President-elect Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent a message where he expressed his country’s readiness to share Turkey’s vast experience in urban development and assist Ethiopia’s astonishing progress in urbanization and construction of housing facilities.

The housing development program currently being carried out in Ethiopia which caters for low and middle income people is a problem solving scheme where various countries such as France, Germany, Turkey, etc. have developed their cities, he added.

President Mulatu on his part appreciated the delegation’s visit to Ethiopia, dubbing it as important, and said Ethiopian experts and officials had been dispatched to Turkey on an experience-sharing journey to learn from the country’s huge experience in urbanization. Relevant authorities from the Addis Ababa City Administration and the Ministry of Urban Development and Construction have been made aware of the study and mechanisms to implement the lessons are being designed.

The election of President Erdogan is very beneficiary to Ethiopia, said President Mulatu, expressing his happiness with the results and noted Erdogan pushed for greater ties between Ethiopia and Turkey.

Bayraktar is the founder of Toki, an urban development system and expressed his eagerness to return to Ethiopia to share more and work together. (FBC)