Over 120 cities are expected to attend The Fourth Ethiopian Cities Week festival in Adama November 10-17, 2012,
under the motto “cities are springboards for creating industrialists”. Tmuzghy Berhe Urban Governance and Capacity Building Office and delegated Head at the Ministry of Urban Development and Construction (MoUDC) said this year’s festival would focus on creating jobs.
In addition to panel discussions there will be a poem competition and cities will compete for the best success story.
“The festival will focus on fulfilling the Growth and Transformation Program goals of moving from an agrarian to industrial society,” said Tmuzghy adding that increasing urbanization in Ethiopia is leading to more job demands which are struggling to keep pace with the available job opportunities.
Kassahun Gofe the head of public relations at MoUDC said since this year’s event will be held in Adama which in close proximity to Addis Ababa they expect participant cities to be from across all of Ethiopia’s regional states.
The third Ethiopian Cities Week festival was held from November 30-December 5, 2011 in Mekele and some traveled over 1000Km to get there.
The second Ethiopian Cities Week festival event was held in Hawassa while the inaugural festival was held in Addis Ababa.
“This year’s event coincides with the halfway anniversary of the GTP which will be a time of reflection of our successes and weaknesses,” said Kassahun adding that the ministry in the last 11 months has created about 1.2 million job opportunities for urban dwellers.
MoUDC has also stated that it has identified problems with the rising urban population including social and governance issues. Three most outstanding cities are set to be awarded through a competition and sector review.
The Fourth Ethiopian Cities Week festival will be organized by Adama town municipality in cooperation with MoUDC, the Oromia Industry and Urban Development Bureau, Cities Alliance forum and the German Technical cooperation agency GIZ.