Message from the Mayor of D.D.A.
Dear Natives and Friends of Dire Dawa in the Diaspora
Now that the technical problems which have undermined our efforts to communicate with you have at last been resolved, I promise to keep you informed about current issues and developments in Dire Dawa Administration on regular basis. In fact, with your active participation, we can make the website a two-way communication line handling issues pertaining to the development of Dire Dawa, and improving the livelihood of its residents.
The constructive opinions, and comments you forward as well as the remarks and suggestions you make about the developmental progress it has accomplished, or is making, the shortcomings you see, etc., – the constructive inputs we get from you will be of immense benefit for us, the people of the administration, as they give us the chance to examine the issue from a different perspective.
You, natives of Dire Dawa City, no matter where you may be living, can make an invaluable contribution to the effort underway to improve the livelihood of the residents our beloved city by serving as its representative and whenever possible, by promoting its investment potentials and unique culture, creating beneficial relationships and linkages between institutions such as higher learning institutions, hospitals, and even a sister city relationship between Dire Dawa and the city in which you dwell. Thus, you can make significant contribution to the developmental endeavors of your people while still staying wherever you are.
On the other hand, those of you who want to, you can come and invest in Dire Dawa and benefit from the attractive investment opportunity it has.
Having said so much about what you, natives of Dire Dawa in the Diaspora, can do to assist the developmental efforts of Dire Dawa, I would like to give you highlights of some ongoing projects which are considered to bring about remarkable improvements in the progress of the city and the lives of its residents.
There is a plan to make Dire Dawa a special investment zone. Accordingly, the construction of 3200-hectare-wide industrial zone has already been started by the Federal Government. Similarly, a study to this effect has also been undertaken at a cost of above 3 million dollars by a well-known Chinese firm, which is credited for having prepared the plan for making the Chinese City of Shangri a special investment zone.
The construction of the new railway line between Dire Dawa and Djibouti is nearing its completion, and the upgrading of the Messo-Dawale road to an asphalt concrete level is quite in progress. The construction of a modern dry port facility is going on.
Dear natives and friends of Dire Dawa in the Diaspora, rest assured that our beloved city has a bright prospect for growth and development.