Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia this morning inaugurated a new tourist attraction developed on the Entoto Mountain in the capital, Addis Ababa.
Developed on Entoto Mountain, Entoto Park is developed by collaboration the private sector with the government. It is part of the initiative launched by Prime Minister Abity a year ago as “Gebeta Lesheger” project, which envisaged to clean and turn river streams and undeveloped areas in Addis Ababa into clean tourist attraction sites.
The Entoto Park inaugurated today is densely forested area considered as the lung of Addis Ababa. Many of Ethiopia’s legend long distance runner have been using Entoto forest for training.
Different recreational businesses such as, cafés, restaurants, park, sport and spas are opened today for both foreign and domestic visitors. Major Ethiopian coffee brands such as Kaldis, Tomoca, and one of the pioneering Ethiopian resorts Kuriftu are among the businesses opened today at Entoto Park.
Some 400 women who used to make a living by collecting fire woods in the forest have got training by BGI Ethiopia and Coca Cola to be able to provide inputs for the restaurants and cafes in Entoto Park. In his remark this morning Prime Minister Abiy expressed his gratitude to all the key companies and individuals contributed for the realization of the world class Entoto Park.
To replicate the success of Gebeta Lesheger, recently Prime Minister Abiy has launched a national project, “Gebeta Lehager”, which aims to develop three major natural resources (Wenchi Lake, Gorgora and Koisha sites) as top tourist attraction sites.