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Ethiopia Achieves Improvement In Quality Of Construction


Ethiopia has witnessed improvements in the quality of construction of housing and other construction projects, says Housing and Infrastructural Development State Minister Getachew Hailemariam.

He said on the sidelines of the 12th Urban Development and Housing Sector Conference in Jijiga, capital of Somali Regional State, that in order to breach the gap in the country's limited experience in construction management, the government had set up the new Ministry of Urban Development and Housing and Ministry of Construction.

The two new ministries were playing a pivotal role in improving the quality of construction by providing support in design, consultancy, technology and management as well as in improving the capacity of contractors, he added.

Getachew said the two ministries had agreed that the Ministry of Construction would oversee the regulatory work in government-built condominiums and other construction projects so as to evaluate the work of contractors.

Efforts are also underway to bolster the capacity of contractors, and small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) involved in constructing condominiums to use quality building materials, Getachew added.

He also revealed that the fixed price arrangement for construction of condominiums had been replaced by a system of tendering which enables the Ministry to evaluate the capacity of contractors to carry out projects.

According to him, more than 2,000 contractors usually competed for work on construction of condominium schemes in Addis Ababa.

Some 220,000 people were employed in condominium development projects the last Ethiopian fiscal year.