Addis residents express mixed reactions to Africa-India Summit

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By Seble Teweldebirhan

Ethiopia and for that matter, Addis Ababa, the national capital has a considerable experience in hosting international and regional meetings and conferences. Beginning from the early sixties, the time when the city hosted the biggest historical event for Africa, the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), Addis has become accustomed to organizing regional and international events.

The fact that the city is a home for the African Union made it easier for the residents to be familiar with such events.

The 2nd Africa-India Forum Summit that was launched at the headquarters of the AU, last week, was one of the events Ethiopians, especially the residents of Addis and the media has to witness before.

The Summit has received a fair coverage from the Ethiopian media. The news papers and the electronic media have devoted a reasonable coverage on the importance, objective and the likely outcomes of the Summit.

The residents of Addis are also taking some interest on the event. “I hared about it on Radio” Yonas Tekalge, a taxi driver said. “I think events like this shows that Addis Ababa is a capital of Africa. I am glad it’s taking place here. And I hope the relationship between India and Africa will have the same strength as the relationship between China and Africa”

However, some of the residents, while gladly welcomed that fact that Addis is hosting the Summit, were suspicious about the intention and may be the outcome of the Summit.

“I think countries like China and India are just looking to places to exploit so that they can meet their raw material, energy and market demands. I don’t believe it’s about assisting us for development. The relationship can not be on mutual benefit since they have all the capital and the technology. We already have this experience with China and I don’t know why we are rushing to another problem” a university student Hagos Araya commented.

Some of the residents are not informed about the Summit at all. “There is always something international or regional going on in this city. All I know is there is something going on and I am not informed on what it is about” Helen Aray, a waiter commented.’

As the flow for information in Ethiopia is limited mostly to the Capital, the information about the Summit seems to reach only the residents of Addis.

Lakew Asamenw, who just got to the city from Dessie, a town around 400 Km out side Addis said that he has no idea about the Summit since he was not in Addis for the last one week.

 

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