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Monday, January 19, 2015

Diaspora Housing Registration in Final Stage

Almost all of Ethiopian regional states have finalised their Diaspora housing program directives and are preparing to start the housing program registration.
Representatives from the regional state Diaspora offices with Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diaspora Engagement Affairs General Directorate held a meeting on the Diaspora housing development program progress review on December 12, 2014 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). Progress on the preparation of directives by the regional states, finalisation and standardisation of the program were the meeting agenda, according to Feisel Ali, Diaspora Engagement Affairs General Directorate director. The regions shared experiences on the issues and drew important ideas to incorporate to their directives from the meeting, stated Abreham Gebremedhin, Tigray Diaspora Coordination Office head.
Model registration procedures are sent from the Ministry's Diaspora Directorate to all the regions, which the regions adopt based on their region's area, land lease price, standards of urban areas where construction will take palce and construction cost, explained Fiesel. Almost all regional states have completed their directives, except Harari, Benishangul Gumuz and Afar, said Fiesel.
The Southern Nations, Nationalities & Peoples' Region (SNNPR) has categorized its urban areas in different levels, with Hawassa as a leading city. The rest are categorized as high-level, mid-level, town and developing towns, according to Aschalew Kassaye, SNNPR Industry and Urban Development Bureau, housing development and administration. The distinction was made based on population number, area, economy and service provision of the towns, explained Aschalew.
An apartment and a town house are to be built in the region, according to the directive. Only G+4 and above apartment houses will be built in Hawassa with two, three or four bedrooms which rest on 50sqm, 65sqm, and 80sqm respectively while a G+3 apartment will be built in high-level towns. The apartment houses can be two, three and four bedrooms, which will rest on 55sqm, 70sqm and 85sqm of land, respectively. Only G+1 and G+2 town houses can be built in mid-level towns that have two, three or four bedrooms and built on 60sqm, 75sqm, and 90sqm, accordingly. For the developing towns only the construction of a single storey town house construction is allowed, stated Aschalew. It will have two, three or four bedrooms, which rest on 65sqm, 80sqm and 90sqm of land respectively. But cost decisions will not be finalized until January 9, 2015, he added.
An Ethiopian diaspora who has never owned a house by his name or through his relatives can register for the program. It is possible to register collectively forming 12-24 members, stated Fiesel. The home buyers can come up with their own design but as for hiring a contractor of their choice, some regions directive compel them to hire only government contractor.
The directives are a work-in-progress, which could be modified based on the discussion, stated Sebsibe. We are trying to come up with standardized and similar directives and most of the directives reflect this, stated Fiesel. The directives, which are collected from the regional diaspora offices, have been distributed to Ethiopian embassies. When all the regions complete the preparation, then we can proceed to the registration phase as we are now completing the work plan schedule, added Feisel.
Source: allafrica.com

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