(January 12, 2024, Diredawa) Ethiopian Cities Association (ECA) in collaboration with the Minister of Urban and Infrastructure organized a two-day workshop focused on Municipal Revenue Reform, Urban Planning Implementation, Land Management, Legal Cadaster and Cleaning and Beauty at Diredawa today.

State Minister of the Ministry of Urban and Infrastructure H.E, Ato Fenta Dejen, who was the guest of honor of this experience exchange workshop, said that the ministry is working to make cities comfortable for their residents, managed by plans and changing the lifestyle of their residents.

The State Minister, Honorable Ato Fenta, added that since Ethiopia is one of the earliest countries in Africa, it was chosen to host the first African Urban Forum, which will be organized for the first time in our continent, and will contribute greatly to the revitalization of our cities. He also called all cities of Ethiopia to participate in the 9th Urban Forum that will be held in Wolita Sodo city.

H.E Ato Harbi Buh, Deputy Mayor of Diredawa City Administration, who gave a welcome speech on the day, said that the cities’ experience exchange workshops are important to check the good performance and gaps in the urban development sector, to strengthen the cooperation and connection between the cities, to find a common solution to the challenges faced and to accelerate the global development.

On his part, the Director General of Ethiopian Cities Association (ECA), Ato Andualem Tenaw, said that ECA organizes various workshops in the country and invites member cities to raise their awareness on urban development and good governance.

He also said that ECA is doing its part to capacitate its members by creating favorable conditions for exchange of experiences. He also announced that last year, 25 member city mayors of ECA were invited to make a study visit to Europe, Africa, Latin America, North America and Asia, so as to gain international experiences.

It is known that Mayors of the member cities of ECA and experts in the urban development field were participated in this two-day workshop.

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