Addis Ababa Renames Roundabout and Street to Honor Relations with Washington DC

By Staff Reporter

Washington-DC-Mayor-Addis-AbabaNovember 12, 2019 ( -- Addis Ababa city has renamed a roundabout and a street to honor relations with Washington DC, the capital of the United States of America. Addis Ababa city renamed a roundabout formerly called Gazebo Roundabout to “Washington DC Square” whilst the Washington DC Mayor, Muriel Bowser, was paying an official visit to the Ethiopian capital. The avenue linking the square to the headquarters of the African Union has also been renamed "Mayor Muriel Bowser Street" after the visiting Mayor Bowser.

The naming comes after a host of agreements were signed between Addis Ababa and Washington D.C. to bolster their cooperation in various fields.

The Mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel Bowser, and Takele Uma, the Deputy Mayor of the Addis Ababa city signed the agreements to work together on economic, health, technology, innovation, cultural exchange and green development.

The visiting Mayor, who led a 70-member delegation, said the largest concentration of Ethiopian population in the United States is found in Washington D.C. and the local metro area.

She urged the need for spurring the sister city agreement between Addis Ababa and Washington D.C for the mutual advantage of the two cities.

Bowser vowed to name a place in Washington D.C, representing Addis Ababa or Ethiopia, and work to share and support the cultural values of the residents of the two cities.

The two mayors agreed to set up a committee in charge of supervising the implementation of the agreement which includes exchanges of experience on green projects underway in the two cities and collaboration on the transportation and construction sector.

The Mayor also celebrated the renaming of an Addis Ababa street in honor of the collaborative relationship between the two capital cities.

Deputy Mayor Takel Uma unveiled a newly-named street, “Mayor Muriel Bowser Street,” and announced the renaming of Gazebo Roundabout to “Washington DC Square” as part of the signing ceremony for the renewal of the Sister City Agreement between Washington DC and Addis Ababa.

The D.C. metropolitan region has the largest Ethiopian-born community in the U.S. More than 35,000 Ethiopians have settled in parts of D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.

Since 2013, Washington DC has had a sister city agreement and protocol of friendship with Addis Ababa.

Mayor Bowser arrived in Addis Ababa last Saturday at the invitation of Engineer Takele.

On Sunday, she visited the Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela in Amhara regional state and the Unity Park at the national palace in Addis Ababa.

In celebration of Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed’s visit to Washington last year, Mayor Bowser proclaimed July 28, 2018 “Ethiopia Day in DC.”

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