Bishoftu City

Basic Information

Total Residential population : 200,000.00

Land area : 1,100,000

Potentials for investment

Resort development : The city has seven beautiful lakes located in different parts of the city. The distribution of the lakes in and around the city presents an excellent opportunity for the development of resorts.

Manufacture Industry : The city is located about 47km away from Addis Ababa. Due to its close vicinity to Addis and the city being situated amongst other popular recreational weekend retreats, it is well accessible and frequently travelled through. The express highway, connecting Addis to Adama, and further to Djibouti, also passes through the city. All these positively contribute to facilitating the transport of raw materials and manufactured products from the centre to other parts of the country.

Tourism Ventures : The city’s climate is pleasant and appeals to different people from different parts of the world. The presence of the seven lakes contributes to the enjoyable climate and adds colour to the city. The richness of the landscape, the variety of flowers and blueness of the lakes, attract tourists from different parts of the world throughout the year.

Due to the lakes, Bishoftu is also known for the great variety of birds. Particularly, Chalaka lake is known of hosting migratory birds from Europe on its shores in addition to the endemic birds.


By 2012 to see Bishoftu city where democracy, peace, and good governance recognized by community participation, justice socio-economic development, middle income level community and  first tourist destination in the horn of Africa.

Operational Values

  • Responsibility
  • Transparency
  • Delivering effective service
  • Change management
  • To lead by knowledge loyalty
  • Participation
  • Respecting Rule of law
  • Saving and Effectiveness

The city’s population is increasing rapidly as a result of its increased attractiveness in terms of improved road infrastructure, water supply, health facilities, sanitation infrastructure, and greenery development. Additionally, facilitated through its wealth in greenery, Bishoftu has distributed various ornamental trees in different parts of the country. Urban agriculture such as dairy, poultry, horticulture, animal husbandry are the giant projects if the city.