France Grants Ethiopia €12mln for National Palace Restoration

ADDIS ABEBA – The French Development Agency (AFD) has provided a 12 million euros grant to Ethiopia for the Restoration and public opening of Addis Ababa National Palace.

The grant agreement has been signed between Ahmed Shide, Minister of Finance, Valérie Tehio, AFD Country Director as well as Frederic Bontems, Ambassador of France to Ethiopia and African Union.

Through this agreement, the first phase of the Restoration and public opening of Addis Ababa National Palace Project.

The deal is part of the commitments taken by the French government during the Head of State visit in Addis Ababa in March 2019 in favor of the Ethiopian Heritage program.

The National Palace was built during Emperor Haile Selassie’s 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.

According to AFD, the Project will be carried out through international best practices.

It will also contribute to argument Ethiopia’s capacity in preserving and managing urban patrimony, the development of a new touristic attraction in Addis Ababa as well as reclaim of the site and associated History for the local population.

Government’s 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.

French public institutions such as Versailles’ Palace organization will intervene and provide assistance to this project, according to AFD.

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