French Minister of Culture, Franck Riester, has officially launched renovation project of the rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Ethiopia.
The project will be undertaken with funding and technical support from the French Government. A team of experts from France will head to the site next week to assess the situation.
The French Minister is on a two-day working visit to Ethiopia.
His visit is part of the cultural and heritage partnerships initiated by Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed of Ethiopia and French President Emmanuel Macron.
Franck Riester will meet with the senior Ethiopian Government officials and with stakeholders of National Palace project.
He will bestow the French National Order of Arts and Letters on the famous Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke.
He will also inaugurate the exhibition “20 years of Ethiopian contemporary painting” at the Alliance Ethio-Française of Addis-Ababa.