Deputy PM says renaissance of Ethiopian cities on right track

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Addis Ababab, November 18, 2012 (WIC) ¬ - The 4th Ethiopian Cities’ Week which has been celebrated from 10 – 17 November 2012 in Adama town of Oromia State under the theme: “Our cities would accomplish the vision of Meles by becoming the birthplaces of industrialists” concluded on Saturday.

Speaking on the closing ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Demeke Mekonnen said the event has fostered sharing experiences among cities.

He said it also helps to bring about mobilization so as to achieve the set goals in the sector. Demeke urged stakeholders to exert effort to transform developing cities to a better development stage.

He said better development being registered in rural areas has contributed to the wide-ranging change observed in cities. The government focuses on creating better ties between cities and rural areas, Demeke said.

Cities that have shown better performance in promoting themselves and their development works during the week long exhibition on the event were awarded on the closing day.

Accordingly, Oromia and Tigray states as well as Addis Ababa City Administration stood first second and third respectively in their activities of micro and small enterprises development.

Tigray, Dire Dawa City Administration and South Peoples’ state ranked from 1 – 3 respectively in land development and management.

Tigray, South Peoples’ state and Addis Ababa stood from 1 – 3 respectively in housing development and government construction works while South Peoples’ state, Tigray and Addis Ababa won the first three places respectively in construction industry and regulatory. Dire Dawa in addition won the first place in city plan, neatness and beauty.

Overall, Tigray state, Addis Ababa City Administration and South Peoples’ state won the first three places respectively and received their award.

Harari, Benishangul Gumuz and Somali regional states stood first second and third in a competition among the five regions which need special support.

According ERTA, Urban Development and Construction Minister Mekuria Haile for his part said the Growth and Transformation Plan is becoming successful in cities’ development sector.

He said his Ministry would create over 1.7 million job opportunity in the current Ethiopian budget year, adding 3.6 billion Birr has been made available for loan to support the enterprises.

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