Posted by: africanpressorganization | 22 June 2010

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi breaks ground for ECA’s new office facility





Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi breaks ground for ECA’s new office facility



ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, June 22, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — A ground-breaking ceremony for the New Office Facilities of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) took place yesterday at a festive event graced by Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Addis Ababa’s diplomatic corps, as well as representatives of UN agencies and partners resident in the country.

In his opening remarks, Under Secretary-General and ECA’s Executive Secretary, Abdoulie Janneh expressed his appreciation to Prime Minister Zenawi for the gracious and generous hospitality his government and its people have continued to extend to the United Nations. “This goodwill was manifest at the onset by the generous provision of Africa Hall and has been maintained in this particular project by the provision of a substantial piece of land for the New Office Facility as well as administrative and diplomatic support of various government Ministries and Agencies.” He said.

USG Janneh noted that in keeping with Addis Ababa’s role as Africa’s diplomatic capital, the number of United Nations offices, funds, programmes and agencies located in Addis Ababa has grown substantially. “Coupled with an expansion in the number of ECA programmes and staff, it became necessary to provide additional office space as the existing structures in this magnificent compound could not accommodate the needs of the UN system in Addis Ababa,” he added.

Since its establishment over fifty years ago, the New Office Facility will be the fourth major structure in the UN Compound, following on the Africa Hall Complex, the present ECA building, and the United Nations Conference Centre.

Mr. Janneh further stressed that the construction of this facility is in line with the UN’s commitment to tackling the menace of climate change by ensuring that the building will have energy saving and environmentally friendly features. The building is envisaged to be environmentally friendly as heating, ventilating, and cooling systems will be powered mostly using solar energy.

In view of the number of staff expected to increase over the next 10 to 15 years, the Government of Ethiopia granted the ECA, exclusive use of 28,995 sq. meters of land adjacent to the existing compound. The facility, which is expected to be completed in February 2012, will accommodate an estimated 574 staff from various UN Agencies.

Following a rigorous procurement process, an Ethiopian company, MH Engineering Private Limited Company is serving as the Consultant to the project. The contractor is RAMA Construction Private Limited Company, also based in Ethiopia.

Among other benefits, the Project will provide employment for more than 230 skilled and unskilled labourers and professionals for the duration of the construction period. In addition, the project has gone to great lengths to source locally available construction materials to ensure low construction and maintenance costs.



Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)


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