The beginning of the end

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New resolve to end the Access dispute gains traction

The main committee expected to give a final decision on the saga that is Access Real Estate’s (ARE) dispute with home buyers, has once again started negotiations to come up with a solution – this time once and for all, say sources.

On Wednesday, the main committee, chaired Mekuria Haile, Minister of Urban Development and Housing, met and passed a decision to hold a meeting with ARE’s home buyers and shareholders tomorrow. The minister also took the opportunity to express the government’s commitment to solving the now four-year-old dispute.
The long drawn out dispute has been without a solution since the government decided to step in two years ago with the formation of a technical and main committee to solve the controversy. Since Nuredin Mohammed, General Manager of ALLE and advisor to the Minister of Trade, announced about a month ago that the dispute should be settled on schedule – there is great hope among all involved that meetings over the coming weeks will be the beginning of the end.
There is consensus among the committees that redeveloping Access has proven unfruitful, thus the current round of meetings and negotiations are focused on solution for home buyers – the main committee is looking for answers from all involved and on January 1 requested that home buyers come up with their own proposal, according to sources.
On Monday January 11, the main committee will meet with over 2,000 home buyers and representatives at Bole Sub-city, Woreda 3, Kebele 18’s hall.