Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed has officially launched the 12km section of the 56km ‘Beautifying Sheger Project’.
The first phase of the project launched today will be built by the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC) with a grant secured earlier this year from the Chinese Government.
Senior government officials, including Minister of Finance, Ahmed Shide, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy, Dr Engineer Seleshi Bekele, and Deputy Mayor of Addis Ababa city, Engineer Takele Uma, attended the launching ceremony of the project.
Beautifying Sheger Project is a three-year initiative of the Prime Minister aimed at making the capital Addis Ababa a tourist destination.
In his remark at the launching ceremony, the Prime Minister said, “No force can stop Ethiopia’s journey towards prosperity.”
“Ethiopia’s existence and prosperity relies on the hard work and commitment of its people,” he indicated.
The project is intended to make Addis Ababa live up to its name, he added.
Beautifying Sheger project runs along the rivers of Addis Ababa, developing 56km green spaces starting from Entoto to Akaki.
The project launched today runs from Entoto to Bambis Bridge and is 12 km long. It features open space for recreation, artificial lake, and wedding venue on 42 square kilometers of area in front of Sheraton Addis hotel.
It is expected to be finalized by May 2020.
The Prime Minister also said the National Palace renovation project will be finalized on October 10, 2019.
It will be open for visitors beginning from Oct 14. Visitors are required to pay 200 birr to visit the National Palace.