Authority Tightens Grip on Road, Industrial Construction

Jan 23 , 2021

The Construction Works Regulatory Authority has announced that it will be more stringent in its follow-up, particularly with regard to delays at road and industrial construction projects, stressing that construction is a fundamental stepping stone to the commencement of any business or industry. The announcement came during a new campaign the Authority kicked off on January 23, 2021. Dubbed "A Successful Construction Industry for Ethiopian Prosperity," the campaign is being held to create awareness about its five-year strategic plan. The campaign will be a month-long affair during which discussion events will be held in the cities of Hawassa, Jimma, Debre Birhan, Jijiga and Adama. It is expected to involve the participation of over 1,000 representatives from all of the regional states, the Addis Abeba and Dire Dawa city administrations, federal institutions, trade unions and educational institutes. Established two years ago, the Authority oversees the quality and efficiency of the construction industry and industrial inputs. It also works on ensuring the well-being of the environment and public health with regard to construction.



The recently unveiled statue of the late singer  Ali Birra glistens in the foggy weather around the Haile Garment area. Art in all its forms has been intimately weaved into the tapestry of Ethiopian history since the advent of Axumite civilisation. Be it paintings etched into the walls of churches across the country or the endemic pentatonic musical scale, art has provided an escape in times of war, drought and strife. As Ethiopia ventures into a new year haunted by inflation, conflicts and uns...



Bundles of sticks and figs are sold for 40 Br around the Gofa area, as urbanites prepare for Mesqel celebrations. Soaring prices of everyday amenities in the capital as conflict resurges in Ethiopia's north has Addis Abeba residents haggling fervently in this holiday season. As the price of a quintal of teff stabilised above 10,000 Br mark this year and a kilogram of onions soared past 100 Br, city dwellers have been counting pennies trying to stretch their holiday budget. The capital's trade bu...



Mesqel Square fills with smoke as thousands gather to mark the eve of the eponymous holiday by lighting ritual bonfires. Followers of the Orthodox Tewahdo Church celebrate the day each year that marks the rediscovery of the "True Cross" in the 4th century. The evening is set against a backdrop of hymns by choirs armed with unique Ethiopian church instruments. Mesqel celebrations take place two weeks into the Ethiopian New Year weaving into the early months a festive spirit rarely seen throughout...