Ethiopia grants plot to Sierra Leone to build chancery complex

January 29th, 2009 | by addis portal |

Ethiopia’s Addis Ababa city administration on Wednesday granted 2,000 square meters of land to Sierra Leone for the construction of a chancery complex in the Ethiopian capital, seat of the African Union headquarters.

The plot, worth over hundreds of thousands US dollars, was handed to the Sierra Leonean embassy on the eve of the AU summit due to be held from 1 to 3 February 2009.

Addis Ababa city administration general manager Haile Mekuria said the grant was in accordance with a pledge Ethiopia gave to provide plots for the construction of African states\’ chanceries in Addis Ababa.

Haile said that the administration has offered the land around Bolle free of charge, which is the city\’s low density area.

He also indicated that his administration would soon provide an extra 3,000 square meters of land for the construction of residential facilities.

The Sierra Leonean ambassador to Ethiopia and permanent representative to the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa, Andrew G. Bangali, said the land grant would further consolidate bi-lateral relations between the two countries.

All African countries embassy in Ethiopia received plots of land free of charge for the construction on their embassies in Addis Ababa.

Currently, nearly all of the African embassies are operating their activities in rented residential and chancery houses in Addis Ababa.

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