Somali regional state hosts Ethiopia cities’ day celebrations

Ethiopia’s annual cities’ day celebrations are taking place in Jigjiga, the capital of the country’s Somali regional state, for the first time.

The celebrations are held annually in different regions to “encourage healthy competition between cities”, according to Ethiopian president President Sahle-Work Zewde.

This year’s celebrations will continue until 21 February under the theme “Medemer for the Prosperity of Ethiopian Cities”.

Medemer, in the Amharic language, means ‘inclusion’.

Representatives from 167 Ethiopian cities are taking part in the event, according to broadcaster Fana.

There will be exhibitions, panel discussions, and experience-sharing between city representatives during the six-day event, state-run news agency ENA said.

Ethiopia’s Somali regional state is located in the south of the country, bordering Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia.

It is inhabited mainly by ethnic Somalis.

Ogaden is the local name for the region.