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A depot that accommodates 850 buses is being built at the premises of the headquarters of the Anbessa City Bus Services Enterprise in Yeka district. The construction is expected to commence next May.Resting on 10ha of land and consisting of four-storey bus bays, it is expected to be able to maintain and inspect 50 buses and have washing bays that can serve 12 buses each at a time. It will also have a fuel station, dry cleaning and generator room, water reservoir with pump house, water recycling plant and wastewater treatment plant.

The administrative building rests on 3,500Sqm of land and comprises a dispatch facility at one wing and a business centre on the other to generate sustainable income for the bus depot. It has two basement parking floors for 120 vehicles at a time.The project is in the process of hiring a contractor, for which the Transport Programs Management Office of the City Road & Transport Bureau is carrying out a prequalification assessment before it floats a tender.

The detailed design of the project has already been completed by SYSTRA SA, a French consulting company with 27 years of experience. Negash Tamiru Zewde, in a joint venture with ENSIRAD Civil Engineering Solutions, conducted the environmental and social impact assessment.The Yeka bus depot is one of three such projects currently being undertaken in Addis Abeba. Two other bus depots located in Shegole and Qality are in the completion stage and will be operational in two months. The depots, which will be transferred to the management of the City Administration for use by all bus transport providers, cost the city 1.3 billion Br.

An additional depot at Mekanissa is expected to accommodate 450 buses and is in the design stage.Addis Abeba has 188 public service buses, 240 Sheger public buses, 86 Sheger student buses and 64 Alliance City Buses. The Anbessa City Bus Service, a 75-year-old transportation company that has 3,500 employees, has 366 buses, 270,000 commuters a day and 106 routes in Addis Abeba.Berhanu Zeleke (PhD), a lecturer at Kotebe Metropolitan University’s Urban Transport Management department for the past two decades, has an optimistic view of the outcomes of the bus depot projects.

However, he believes that the solutions should forecast the rapid dynamism of urbanisation and focus on other fast and cost-effective transportation systems that suit the city.“The planners should focus on the expansion of light railways and cable transportation systems,” said Berhanu. “They have low operating costs and serve more commuters with sustainable quality and speed.

Source -Fortune Newspaper

The International Labor Organization has launched application code named “Sira” that directly connects employers and job seekers through mobile and web applications as well as call centers .The aim of “Sira” is to address the mismatch between job seekers and employers focusing on low and middle skilled occupations. The applications will facilitate returnees and other members of the community to easily have access to suitable and decent jobs.

The user-friendly application that uses both Amharic and English language was developed by “Sira” CEO and a returnee, Mamil Masresha.The CEO, who had no better way of searching for jobs on her return from abroad, was motivated to develop the application to ease the hardship of finding jobs for other returnees.

Mamil stated that “Sira is user-friendly and above all reduces cost and unnecessary involvement of brokers through specific matching like location, job title and educational level.”There are plans to include other languages as per the users of the application if regions welcome the idea and promote it, she noted.ILO Country Office Chief Technical Advisor, Aida Awel said though psycho socio-economic supports were given to over 18,000 returnees in Ethiopia, this application will solve the significant challenge of getting job.

“We are confident that this application will address the gap in the demand and supply side of employment for low and medium skilled labor, reduce the cost of recruitment and allow returnees to seek out employment opportunities that best suits them,” she pointed out.Stating that her office had informal discussions with some of potential employers in the private sector, Aida said “they like it as it is cheap and saves time.”Moreover, she pointed out that a lot of work is being done in close cooperation with the government of Ethiopia to ensure its sustainability.


የተረፈ ምርት አወጋገዳቸውን እንዲያሻሽሉ ድጋፍና ክትትል ቢደረግላቸውም ያላስተካከሉ 11 የቆዳ ፋብሪካዎች የእግድና የማስጠንቀቂያ እርምጃ ተወሰደባቸው።የደን፣ አካባቢና አየር ንብረት ለውጥ ኮሚሽን የተረፈ ምርት አወጋገድ ችግር ባለባቸው ፋብሪካዎች ላይ የሚያደርገውን ቁጥጥር እንደሚያጠናክር አስታውቋል።

ኮሚሽኑ ሞጆ በሚገኙት ቆዳ ፋብሪካዎች ላይ የእግድና የማስጠንቀቂያ እርምጃ የወሰደው ከኦሮሚያ ክልል ደን፣ የአካባቢና የአየር ንብረት ለውጥ ባለስልጣን ጋር በመተባበር ነው።ፋብሪካዎቹ በ1995 ዓ.ም የጸደቀውን የአካባቢ ብክለት መከላከል አዋጅና በ2001 ዓ.ም የወጣውን የማስፈፀሚያ ደንብ እንዲተገብሩ የአምስት ዓመት ጊዜ ተሰጥቷቸው ነበር።

ይሁን እንጂ ኮሚሽኑ ባደረገው ክትትል ሶስት ፋብሪካዎች ተረፈ ምርታቸውን አጣርተው በማስወገድ ረገድ ጥሩ በሚባል ደረጃ ላይ ቢገኙም አሁንም የሚቀራቸው ስራ መኖሩን ምክትል ኮሚሽነሯ ፍሬነሽ መኩሪያ ተናግረዋል።ሌሎች አራት ፋብሪካዎች ተረፈ ምርታቸውን በከፊል አጣርተው የሚያስወግዱ ሲሆኑ ቀሪዎቹ አራት ደግሞ ምንም ሳያጣሩ ወደ ወንዝ የሚለቁ መሆናቸው ተረጋግጧል።

በመሆኑም ተረፈ ምርታቸውን ምንም ሳያጣሩ ወደ ወንዝ የሚለቁት ፋብሪካዎች በ15 ቀን ውስጥ የጀመሩትን ምርት ጨርሰው እንዲታሸጉ ተወስኖባቸዋል።ተረፈ ምርታቸውን በከፊል የሚያጣሩት አራት ፋብሪካዎችም ስራ ሳያቆሙ የማጣራት አቅማቸውን እንዲሟሉ የአንድ ወር ጊዜ ተሰጥቷቸዋል።ቀሪዎቹ ሶስት ፋብሪካዎች ‘ችግር የለብንም’ ቢሉም ማጣራት ተደርጎ በሶስት ወር ውስጥ ውጤቱ እንዲቀርብ መታዘዙን ምክትል ኮሚሽነሯ ገልጸዋል።እንዲዘጉ ትዕዛዝ የተላለፈባቸው ፋብሪካዎች ችግራቸውን ሳይፈቱ ስራ የማይጀምሩ ሲሆን ሰራተኞቻቸው ግን ደመወዛቸው እንማይቋረጥባቸው ተነግሯል።

የኦሮሚያ ክልል የደን፣ የአካባቢና አየር ንብረት ለውጥ ባለስልጣን የህግ ተከባሪነት ክትትልና ቁጥጥር ዳይሬክተር አቶ ስንታየሁ ፈቃዱ በውጭ አገር ባለሃብቶች የተቋቋሙት አብዛኞቹ ፋብሪካዎች ለአካባቢ ብክለትና አየር ንብረት ለውጥ መከላከል አዋጅ ተፈፃሚነት ትኩረት አለመስጠታቸውን ነው የተናገሩት።የትኩረት ማጣታቸው ዋነኛው ምክንያትም እንደ አገር ፋብሪካዎችን ማስፋፋት ላይ ብቻ ‘ማተኮራችን ነው’ ብለዋል።በሌሎች የአገሪቱ አካባቢዎች የሚገኙ በርካታ ፋብሪካዎችም ተመሳሳይ ችግር ስለሚታይባቸው ክትትልና ቁጥጥሩ ተጠናክሮ እንደሚቀጥል ምክትል ኮሚሽነሯ አስታውቀዋል።


For 20 years around 870 shops located in Merkato and Akaki had been operating informally but now they have finally obtained legal recognition.
The shops, 830 of which are in the Min Alesh Terra neighborhood of Merkato, along with around 40 in Akaki, Wereda 03, had been operating without title deeds or house numbers. However, they finally got a solution to the problem by obtaining legal status under the Keble House Administration.
Because they were not legally recognized the 3-4sqm shops had never paid rental or land tax fees.
Initially MinAlesh Terra was a Merkato dump site but through time people began building mini shops constructed of rod sheets. They would sell pottery, second hand clothes, shoes and metal products. The Addis Ababa Administration conducted a study on the shops and then set a rental fee of up to 15,000 birr per month but allowed the people in possession of the shops at the time of the investigation to rent them.
Million Kassa, Trade License Investigation head at the Trade Bureau told Capital that the shops were being sold from person to person without government supervision.
“When we started our investigation we understood that the people who first occupied the land were not in the shops, either they sold them many years or they were renting them out to others. The big problem concerning the shops was the lack of tittle deeds to renew their license. For a long time, the government tolerated this. We just required the people running the shops to have a proper address and to bring us a legal rental document. Now, however we have resolved everything and the shops are completely owned by the Kebele and have house numbers and rental agreements.’’
According toA Million from the 830 Min Alesh Terra shops 672 of them are obtaining a legal license and the rest are in the process. All of the shops in Akaki shops have completely obtained licenses.
Merkato which occupies MinAlesh Terra also is the largest open air market in Africa, covering several square miles and employing an estimated 13,000 people in 7,100 business entities. The primary merchandise passing through Merkato is locally-grown agricultural products. Prior to the current Merkato, there was an open market place in Addis Ababa near St. George Church at the site where the City Hall stands now, but it ended with the Italian occupation of the 1930s. The occupiers moved the market further west to the area around the premises of Fitawrari Habte Giyorgis Dinagde, which they named Merkato Indigeno. Thus, the present Addis Merkato was founded by the segregationist policies of the Italian occupational government.

Source- Capital Newspaper

The Addis Ababa city administration is investing 10 million Br to install an information system that will record, store, interpret and analyse information about displaced farmers for redevelopment purposes.

The system will also determine the amount of compensation to be paid to the farmers, where the farmers are to be relocated and identify which farmers need priority. The data will be analysed and fully automated.

To determine the variables mentioned above, the system will receive raw data inputs such as land holding and family sizes.

Currently, the process has been conducted manually, and the data used is old, duplicated, altered and full of errors, according to Sime Belay, deputy director at the project office, which was established to help with rehabilitating displaced farmers. Last July the office launched the construction of building complexes for 420 million Br each in five districts designed for that purpose. “In the rehabilitation process, we need an up-to-date, truthful and continuous flow of information,” said Sime.

At the beginning this month, the city’s Public Procurement & Property Disposal Agency floated a tender and is planning to select a firm to build the database system. The tender has attracted three as of the end of last week.


The system is expected to be fully operational in two years as a joint effort between the project office and the City’s ICT Development Agency, which designed the format, interface and features of the program.

Once the data centre is built, the project office will develop the network and infrastructure across the 10 districts, according to Sime.

Currently, a total of 70,000 farmers live in the capital with farmlands mainly in Bole, Yeka and Akaki districts.

Due to the development of the city and the scarcity of land in Addis Abeba, the city administration plans to transform the lives of farmers by offering them different livelihoods, according to Sime.

One of the options to transform their lives is engaging them urban agriculture, including poultry and dairy farms in, according to Sime.

While relocating the farmers, the city Land Development & Management Office prepares a replacement plan for the farmers.The farmlands are generally allotted to those who are relocated from the centre of the city due to infrastructure development, according to Teshome Leta, land development and urban renewal director at the Office, which plans to clear 78ha of land at five different sites in the capital this year.

“This process has been a major source of disappointment to farmers,” Teshome told Fortune. “Now, we’ve stopped relocating residents to other places.”

The City Administration came up with the new plan of settling the people close to their former area, similar to the plan for the La Gare Eagle Hills project, according to Teshome.

The 50-billion-Br La Gare Eagle Hills Project, which was kicked off two months ago, has promised to deliver homes to the current residents without displacing them. Prior to demolishing their homes, the developer will build homes for the residents on the open areas and move them to the new buildings.

Source-Fortune newspaper

The Addis Ababa resilience office announced starting new knowledge Management system in collaboration with Addis Ababa ICT development agency and Addis Ababa City Communication Affairs Office. The project will be finalized within the coming six months. Dr. About Bayu, the Addis Ababa administration, communication technology agency Director, said that after the project finalized the city will be the first user to the new knowledge management system. As for him, the system will organize the practice, research, history and other important documents of the city moderately to deliver for users easily. The project will be addressing a lot of problems significantly, which are the challenges of the fast growing Addis Ababa city.

Ethiopian Press Agency




አዲስ አበባ በከተማዋ ካሉ ማነቆዎች አንዱ የሆነውን የመረጃ እጥረት ለመቅረፍ የሚያስችልና በቀጣዮቹ ስድስት ወራት ውስጥ ተግባራዊ የሚሆን ‹‹የዕውቀት ማከማቻና ማስተዳደሪያ ሥርዓት›› ሊዘረጋላት ነው፡፡

በአዲስ አበባ የመጀመርያ የሆነው የዕውቀት ማከማቻና ማስተዳደሪያ ሥርዓት ፕሮጀክትን አስመልክቶ፣ ሐሙስ ታኅሣሥ 11 ቀን 2011 ዓ.ም. በጌትፋም ሆቴል በተካሄደ ውይይት ላይ እንደተገለጸው፣ ፕሮጀክቱን ያዘጋጁት የአዲስ አበባ ከተማ ሬዚሊየንስ ፕሮጀክት ጽሕፈት ቤት፣ የአዲስ አበባ የኢንፎርሜሽንና ኮሙዩኒኬሽን ቴክኖሎጂ ልማት ኤጀንሲና የኮሙዩኒኬሽን ጉዳዮች ጽሕፈት ቤት በትብብር ነው፡፡

ፕሮጀክቱ በቀጣዮቹ ስድስት ወራት ይጠናቀቃል ተብሎ የሚጠበቅ ሲሆን፣ ሥርዓቱም የከተማውን ዕውቀት፣ ልምድ፣ ጥናት፣ ምርምር፣ ታሪክና መረጃ ሰንዶ በዘመናዊ ሥርዓት በማስቀመጥ ለመረጃ ፈላጊዎች ባሉበት ሆነው መረጃ እንዲያገኙ ያስችላል፡፡

ከተማዋን የዘመናዊ ዕውቀት ማከማቻና ማደራጃ ባለቤት ያደርጋታል የተባለው ይህ ፕሮጀክት፣ በከተማው ያሉ ቢሮዎች ከተጠቃሚው፣ ተጠቃሚውም ከቢሮዎች በቀላሉ መረጃ እንዲያገኙ ያግዛል ተብሏል፡፡

ፕሮጀክቱ የየመሥሪያ ቤቱ አመራሮች ውሳኔ በመስጠት ላይ ያለባቸውን ችግር ለመፍታት ከማስቻሉም ባሻገር፣ የሥራ ድግግሞሽ እንዳይኖር፣ እያንዳንዱ መሥሪያ ቤት ስለሚሠራው መረጃ በመስጠት የገንዘብና የጊዜ ብክነትን ይታደጋልም ተብሏል፡፡

‹‹አዲስ ዲጂታል ቋት›› በሚል በስድስት ወር ውስጥ ሥራ የሚጀምረውን ፕሮጀክት አገልግሎት ለማግኘት ድረ ገጽ የሚኖር ሲሆን፣ ይህንንም ኅብረተሰቡ እንዲያውቀው እንደሚደረግ የፕሮጀክት ጽሕፈት ቤቱ ኮሙዩኒኬሽንና አውትሪች ስፔሻሊስት አቶ ዳንኤል ሽታዬ ተናግረዋል፡፡ ፕሮጀክቱም ሙሉ ለሙሉ የሚከናወነው በኢትዮጵያውያን አቅም መሆኑን አክለዋል፡፡

በኅዳር 2009 ዓ.ም. የተቋቋመው ጽሕፈት ቤቱ፣ አዲስ አበባ ያለባትን ችግር በመቅረፍ ኅብረተሰቡ ደረጃውን የጠበቀ ኑሮ እንዲኖርና ከተማዋም አደጋ የመቋቋም አቅም እንዲኖራት አልሞ እየሠራ መሆኑ ተጠቁሟል፡፡


Join Us for a Seminar on

Climate-Smart Capital Investment Planning for Ethiopia’s Cities

Monday, December 10, 2018

2:00p.m. – 4:00p.m. 

AACRPO Conference Room


Subject: Every year the cities of Ethiopia develop 3-year rolling Capital Investment Plans that bring together available funds with infrastructure projects and associated expansions in service that drive economic growth and improvements in quality of life. As cities grow their revenues and seek to expand their asset base, they face a crossroads between business-as-usual development with fossil fuels and opportunistic land use patterns, and efficient green, low carbon pathways of growth, with selections of sites and designs that are robust in the face of emerging climate hazards. Come see the presentation of a methodology currently being introduced to the cities of Ethiopia to integrate carbon zero and resilient strategies for investment with their well-established procedures, set to bring about life cycle efficiencies and greater assurance that the investments made will accrue their full value for their designed life.

About the presenter: Dr. Jan Whittington is Associate Professor of the Department of Urban Design and Planning, at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research appliestransactioncost economic theory to networked infrastructures, such as transportation, water, and communications systems, to internalize factors historically treated as external to transactions. Her publications include methodologies for greenhouse gas mitigation and resilience through capital investment planning, examination of the efficiency of public-private contractual arrangements for infrastructure, and the evaluation of online transactions for efficiency, security, and privacy. At the University of Washington, she is the Director of the Urban Infrastructure Lab, Associate Director of the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, and Affiliate Faculty at the Tech Policy Lab. She teaches infrastructure planning and finance, public finance, infrastructure mega-projects, science for environmental policy, planning for water, and land use planning. Her PhD (2008) is in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was advised by economic Nobel laureate Oliver Williamson. Prior to her academic career, she spent 10 years with infrastructure giant Bechtel Corporation, as a strategic planner and environmental scientist. She holds bachelor’s degrees in biology and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz (1987). Her master’s degree is in City and Regional Planning, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (1993).

This week we are thrilled to welcome to Addis Ababa our colleagues from resilience offices and municipal governments of seven cities as part of a three-day ‘Network Exchange’ sponsored by 100 Resilient Cities. Looking at the intersection of urban informality and resilience, the aim is to share best practices across continents and surface tactical interventions for addressing the vulnerability of informal systems to resilience shocks and stresses, as well as integrating the best aspects of informality into formal city planning.

Discussion will center around four core sectors: housing, transport services, waste management, and economy, to understand the ways in which formal and informal components of cities can and do work productively together. A host of local and international partners will lend their expertise in helping us advance a shared understanding of informality as a key component of resilience, particularly for cities experiencing rapid growth.

As host city of the Exchange, we also opening up Addis Ababa as a living laboratory. Guided by local community leaders and storytellers, the group will visit Merkato to explore how formal and informal systems coexist in a particular space, and the challenges and opportunities for integration. Stopping at illustrative sites ranging from recycling spaces and informal businesses to newly constructed housing and parking facilities, we will elaborate on practices in Addis Ababa that help address vulnerabilities of the informal sector while also achieving multiple resilience benefits.

African cities participating in the Network Exchange are Accra, Cape Town, Lagos, and Paynesville; we are also joined by Chennai, India and the South American cities Montevideo, Uruguay and Salvador, Brazil. Throughout the week live updates will be posted on the Resilient Addis Ababa Facebook and Twitter accounts and using the hashtag #InformalityExchange.


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