Ethiopia and Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will enable them to work together on earthquake risk assessment in Addis Ababa.
During the signing of the MoU, Addis Ababa City Municipality General Manager, Haile Fesseha, said establishing an institution that forecasts earthquake and the potential risks to the emerging city is crucial.
Developing a system that detects earthquake is indispensible for Addis Ababa city which is one of the fastest growing cities and the seat of AU, according to the general manager.
Haile pointed out that there is no institution that detects and facilities preparedness in the face of earthquake; though the city is earthquake-prone and close to the Great Rift Valley.
Therefore, the city government is exerting maximum effort to assess, identify, and make recommendations with respect to the status of the city, in cooperation with Global Earthquake Model Foundation, the general Manager explained.
He also underlined that much effort would be invested in pooling and integrating domestic capacity in the undertakings of the project.
Following the assessment, an institution responsible for detecting and managing damages that may be caused by earthquakes would be established, Haile said.
Dr. Carlos Villacis, Regional Program Manager and Strategy Coordinator, said GEM made Addis Ababa its choice in order to assess the risk of quake and transfer the practice to the other regions of the continent.
According to him, the foundation is working with many partners and stakeholders around the globe, mainly supported by United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
The outcome of the assessment of GEM is expected to be finalized by June, 2016.
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