ADDIS ABEBA – The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) signed a contract with three companies for the multi-million dollar works to revamp the historic Africa Hall located at the center of Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Abeba.
The contract – signed on Friday – value is 28.2, said the UN agency. The signing with contractor Africa Hall Projects FZE marks a paramount milestone of this iconic project.
The contract for the renovation and refurbishment of Africa Hall is the biggest ever signed by the ECA with a supplier.
“We are excited by the signing of the main renovation works contract which paves way to upgrade the safety standards and restore the state-of-the-art technology while preserving the historic and heritage values to Africa Hall,” said Carlos Haddad, ECA Director of Administration.
“We are confident the renovation will be completed on time and delivered in 2021 as budgeted for,” said Haddad.
The construction works envision a complete renovation of Africa Hall main building related to infrastructures, surrounding landscape works, a new Visitor Entry Building, upgrades to the ECA compound perimeter wall, a new visitor car park and roadworks external to the ECA compound.
The contractor is Africa Hall Projects FZE, a joint venture incorporated as a free zone enterprise under the laws of the Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone of the United Arab Emirates.
The three parties that have come together to form the joint venture are CONSTRUZIONI 2000 S.R.I., a corporation established under the laws of Italy; Bridge Construction P.L.C., a corporation established under the laws of Ethiopia, and R.C. Trade Ltd, a corporation, established under the laws of the U.A.E.
The Africa Hall Renovation/Modernization Project was approved by the United Nations General Assembly (GA) in 2015 with a budget of about $57 million.
The iconic hall was built between 1959 and 1961 and inaugurated by Emperor Haileselassie on 26 February 1961.
Since then, Africa Hall has been host to numerous meetings, and African Heads of State’s decisions, among which the adoption of the Charter of the Organization of African Unity (OAU).
This has been immortalized by the artwork located within the Africa Hall, depicting the founding fathers of the OAU.
The 150-square meter stained glass window in the foyer of Africa Hall was designed by the world famous Ethiopian Artist, Maître Afework Tekle.