A three day conference on Ethiopia’s urban land management is tentatively scheduled to be held from January 10 to 13, 2016.
The conference to be held in Addis Ababa will be chaired by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, also participating will be Abay Tsehaye, the PM’s adviser for policy research and Mekuria Haile, Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Construction.
The conference to be held under the theme, ‘Modern Urban Land Management For Good Governance’ will have the attendance of 2000 participants with a whopping 15 million birr budget.
All federal and state ministers, regional land management bureaus, administrators of Adama, Addis Ababa, Bahr Dar, academics, members of Ethiopia’s Chamber of Commerce and Sectoral Association, investment agencies, real-estate developers and the Mapping Agency are among participants expected at the conference.
Organized by the Ministry of Urban Development, Housing and Construction, the conference will discuss policies and strategies of urban land management. Focus will be on practical applications of land management in different contexts, and accompanying legal frame works surrounding the topic. Practical examples on modernizing urban management from Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia will be presented at the conference.
Discussions will also cover the controversial master plan drafted over a year ago to integrate Addis Ababa and the Oromia Special Zone in the surrounding of Addis Ababa. The master plan is believed to be the cause of protests and conflict, which over the last month has led to havoc with reported deaths and damage to public and private properties. Chairs of the conference are expected explain the details of the plan and urban land management systems and answer questions from participants.
Ethiopia is now among the most rapidly urbanizing countries in the world. According to UN estimates, Ethiopia’s urban population will triple between 2010 and 2040. Projections suggest that some of by 2040, Hawassa’s 2010 population will grow by more than 6-fold, Mek’ele will be almost 5-fold its 2010 population, and Adama and Bahir Dar almost 4-fold.