Ethiopia has finalised plans to build 80,000 housing units within 18 months to close the housing gap in the country.
According to its minister of Urban Development and Construction, Mekuria Haile, the ministry is in the process of identifying contractors who will commence construction within this year’s budget.
“The move would help to promote technology transfer, efficiently use inputs and above all, to expedite the housing development program in the country,” he said.
“We are waiting for a decision from the government for the amendment of the law on procurement of construction materials, besides identifying which contractors will enter to the housing program,” he added.
According to him, the contenders were identified during the pre-evaluation process conducted by various professionals, including the Ethiopian Construction Project Management Institute and the Addis Ababa Housing Development Administration Agency.
Footprint2Africa reports that Haile said the contractors were mainly identified based on their speed in building houses, financial capability, technology and use of input.
He concluded by saying that his ministry has already finalized the construction of another 40,000 housing units and they will be transferred to the public soon.