La France accorde une subvention de 12 millions d’euros pour la restauration et l’ouverture au public du palais national d’Addis-Abeba [en]
PRESS RELEASE - Addis Ababa, July 16, 2020
On July 16, 2020, a grant agreement has been signed between H.E. Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance, Mrs Valérie Tehio, the French Development Agency (AFD) Country Director and H.E. Frederic Bontems, Ambassador of France to the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia and to the African Union.
Through this agreement, a 12 million euros financing has been provided by AFD to support the first phase of the Restoration and public opening of Addis Ababa National Palace Project. This Project is part of the commitments taken by French Government during the Head of State visit in Addis Ababa in March 2019 in favour of Ethiopian Heritage program.
The National Palace was built during Emperor Haile Selassie reign and has become one of the most emblematic national buildings of Ethiopia, though it was never opened to the public and was used as an official residency that is currently used as the official quarters of the President.
The first phase of the Project would have a total cost of 20 million euros and will consist in opening the Palace to the public along with the park in front of the Palace. A complementary grant of 8 million euros is expected to be provided by AFD in 2021 after the launch of the works.
This Project that will be implemented through international best practices will contribute to (i) the capacity building of Ethiopian administration in terms of preservation and management of urban patrimony, (ii) the development of a new touristic attraction in the city of Addis Ababa and (iii) the reclaim of the site and associated History for the local population.
The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Palace Administration will be in charge of the implementation with the support of Expertise France, a French public agency and a key actor in international technical cooperation, specialized in designing and implementing technical cooperation projects especially through participation of French public institutions such as Versailles’ Palace organization which will intervene and provide assistance to this project.
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