The signing was attended by H.E. the Ambassador of France in Ethiopia and for the African Union, Remi Marechaux. The total amount of 1,072 billion Birr (20 million Euro) provided by AFD is supporting the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Palace Administration (FDREPA) to restore and open to the public the last residence of Emperor Haile Selassie and its collections. This important Ethiopian heritage could become one of the main touristic landmarks of the city. The project will also strengthen the Palace administration capacity to manage the museum, once open to national and international public.
The civil works of restoration of the main building of the Palace are about to start. Procurement is still on going for the partial restoration of the park and for the construction of security and visitors’ entrance building. Besides, French expertise is supporting FDREPA to transform the site into a first category museum: the Etablissement Public de Versailles, the French Ministry of Culture, the Museum of Decorative Arts, the Museum of Natural History, Mr Gabor Mester de Paradj, Architect of historical monuments, and others. Expertise France, an AFD subsidiary for technical assistance is coordinating the expert team. Mr Fasil Giorgis, is the architect in charge of supervising the works. The restored Palace is expected to open in September 2023.
Active in Ethiopia since 1993, AFD has been operating in Ethiopia with sovereign and non-sovereign loans, grants and bank guarantees to finance projects run by the State and local authorities, public or private companies, and civil society organizations. Its on-going commitment amounts to more than 450 million euros.
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