To foster sustainable governance and climate-resilient urban planning in the global south, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (FDRE) and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan engaged in discussions on Tuesday to explore the prospects of a city-to-city collaboration.
Ethiopia and Pakistan Meeting
The meeting, which took place between H.E. Jemal Beker Abdula, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the FDRE to Pakistan, and H.E. Captain (retd) Anwarul Haq, Chairman Capital Development Authority (CDA) and Chief Commissioner Islamabad, delved into matters of mutual interest, with a particular focus on knowledge exchange between the administrations of the capital cities—Addis Ababa and Islamabad.
Ambassador Jemal Beker Abdula provided an overview of the Green Legacy Initiative spearheaded by H.E. Dr. Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of FDR Ethiopia, expressing gratitude for the global response it received. He shared impressive statistics, noting that Ethiopia had planted more than 32 billion seedlings of diverse trees, fruits, and animal feed over the past four years. The ambitious target set by the Ethiopian government is to plant over 50 billion plants by the end of 2025.
Acknowledging the efforts made by the CDA in enhancing the aesthetics of Islamabad, Ambassador Abdula expressed his admiration for the clean and green environment in the capital city. He extended a proposal for collaboration, stating, “We look forward to a strong collaboration between the administrations of Islamabad and Addis Ababa.”
In response, CDA Chairman Captain (retd) Anwarul Haq affirmed the significance of the proposed collaboration, emphasizing that the exchange of knowledge and skills between the two countries would contribute to sustainable governance and development in the global south.
Chairman Haq highlighted the ongoing efforts of the Islamabad administration to ensure a clean and green environment in the meticulously planned city of Pakistan. The collaborative initiative aims to leverage the strengths and experiences of both Addis Ababa and Islamabad to promote environmentally conscious urban planning practices that resonate on a global scale.
As the dialogue advances, the prospect of this city-to-city collaboration stands poised to not only enhance the urban landscapes of Ethiopia and Pakistan but also set a precedent for sustainable development in the broader international community.