The Ambitious Riverside Venture of Ethiopia
February 24, 2019 (Ezega.com) - Capital cities are important to all nations. Governments invest in improving entire countries, but the capitals enjoy a sizeable chunk of this investment, not only by the state but also by private investors.
The prime minister is advocating for a modern face for the capital of Africa’s second most populous country.
The Addis Ababa Riverside project is a three-year initiative by the premier. The development will be along two most notable rivers in the capital city, Addis Ababa-stretching 27.5 and 23.8 kilometers correspondingly. The starting point is the mountain of Entoto via Akaki River, as reported by Africanews outlet.
Essentially, the intentions of the prime minister are to elevate the potential and image of Addis Ababa. While doing so, many jobs will be created during the project phase, riverside businesses will be promoted, urban tourism will grow, and the project will provide the city dwellers with respite zones.
The Addis Ababa Riverside Project has three key goals, which are as follows;
- To elevate Addis Ababa’s urban tourism, leveraging on the aforementioned rivers.
- Second is to enhance the well-being of the city residents by putting the perennial flooding in check, establishing public parks, spaces, bicycle paths and walkways along the river banks.
- To establish an infrastructure that enables the advancement of the green economy. The project will expand green spaces and related services.
The Project’s Impact:
According to the Prime Minister’s office, one of the notable impacts of the project is it’ll draw domestic and international tourism into Addis Ababa with a view of creating a conducive environment for visitors.
The youth will equally benefit because of the employment opportunities the project brings. As a result, the economic well-being of those who come into contact with the project, either directly or indirectly, will improve.
The value of future and present properties along the riverbanks will increase, and Addis Ababa will be in a position that reflects its name- New Flower.
A capital with the biggest airline operator:
Ethiopia is home to new and upgraded airports that facilitate the movement of goods and personnel across the continent. New cargo terminals have been constructed, resulting in increased freight capacity.
The state-owned carrier is based in the capital, the Bole International Airport. It’s one of the facilities that was recently expanded and is a hub for Africa’s most profitable and also the most dominant airline.
Late last year, the airport became the new gateway for air traffic in Africa, beating the likes of Dubai for the top honors.
According to ForwardKeys, the airport managed to increase international passenger transfers in the region for five years in a row, and in 2018 it’d outdone Dubai, one of the busiest airports in the world.
In the same period, Dubai’s transfers rose by 31%, but by November 2018, Addis Ababa’s was 18%, whereas that of Dubai stood at 3%.
The Riverside project is promising, based on the fact that Ethiopian Airlines, which is dominating Africa skies, will bring more people to the town. Coupled with other infrastructural projects like road expansions, hotels, and an enabling environment.
Abiy’s idea couldn’t have come at the right time. Many youths are desperate for jobs, and the project will likely come in handy, albeit for only three years before its completion. But it promises to change the fortunes of the capital and its residents.
By Solomon O. for Ezega News