Monday, November 26, 2012

Ethiopian Capital Celebrates 125th Founding Anniversary

(Nov 26, Addis Ababa,  (BERNAMA-NNN-ENA)--Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa has marked the conclusion of the celebration of its 125th founding anniversary, which featured an assortment of activities over the past year.

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Demeke Mekonnen, speaking at a ceremony here Saturday to close the year-long festivities, stressed the need to strengthen ongoing pro-poor development programmes and infrastructure development in Addis Ababa.

Demeke said the government would pay prime attention towards strengthening development activities and ensuring public participation in the activities in order to improve the livelihoods of the public. He said the city should also plan activities which would further strengthen the path towards the renaissance of Addis Ababa, while calling on residents and executives of the city administration to help achieve the desired goal to make the city a desirable place to live in.

Addis Ababa hosts the headquarters of the African Union (AU) Commission and United Nations Economic Commiossion for Africa (UNECA). Addis Ababa Mayor Kuma Demekssa said the city had been registering rapid development in the last ten years and sound policies and strategies had been put in place during the period to enable the city to register rapid growth in all development sectors.

The 125th anniversary of Addis Ababa was celebrated under the theme "New Spirit for Addis Change". The city was established during the reign of Emperor Menelik II in the year 1879 EC (Ethiopian Calendar) or 1872 in the Gregorian Calendar at the site of a hot spring.

The site of Addis Ababa was chosen by Empress Taytu Betul and the city was given the name Addis Ababa which means "New Flower" in Amharic.
Source: Bernama-Malaysian National News Agency 

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