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Afar National Regional State President Office

Welcome to the Afar National Regional State President Office website and thank you for visiting the President’s page. I hope that you will explore the opportunities Afar has to offer to our businesses and residents, notably the Danakil Depression, Dallol Volcano, Erta ale,Yangudi Rassa National Park, and many more exciting areas of the Region.

”Let’s plant our future today!"

-Mr. Awol Arba, President of Afar National Regional State

Facts About Our Region

The Afar Region formerly known as Region 2, is a regional state in northeastern Ethiopia and the homeland of the Afar people. Its capital is the planned city of Semera, which lies on the paved Awash–Assab highway.

The Afar Triangle, the northern part of which is the Danakil Depression, is part of the Great Rift Valley of Ethiopia, and is located in the north of the region. It has the lowest point in Ethiopia and one of the lowest in Africa. The southern part of the region consists of the valley of the Awash River, which empties into a string of lakes along the Ethiopian–Djibouti border. Other notable landmarks include the Awash.

The earliest surviving written mention of the Afar is from the 13th-century Andalusian writer Ibn Sa’id, who reported that they inhabited the area around the port of Suakin, as far south as Mandeb, near Zeila.

The Afar principally reside in the Danakil Desert in the Afar Region of Ethiopia, as well as in Eritrea and Djibouti. The number 2,276,867 people in Ethiopia (or 2.73% of the total population), of whom 105,551 are urban inhabitants, according to the most recent census (2007).

The Afar Triangle is situated in the Horn of Africa, with its area encompassing sections of Eritrea, Djibouti, and Ethiopia. The entire Afar Region in Ethiopia is situated inside the depression.

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Upcoming Events

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07 Jul 2023

Industrial parks development corporation 5th round green footprint

July 7, 2023 @ 13:00 - 17:00
Afar region at Semera Industry park
09 Jun 2023

Beera Asaaku Daabisnay

June 9, 2023 @ 09:30 - 13:00

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Meet City Cabinet Members

The Cabinet Members have the real super powers as administraion to lead Region.

Some of Our Services

  • Establishing a new relationship to work with regional cities.
  • Monitoring the implementation of decisions.
  • Receiving, investigating, and deciding on administrative complaints and appeals.
  • Supporting and coordinating various committees established by the Government Council.
  • Evaluating the executive's short and medium-term plan and submitting it to the relevant body.
  • Building the capacity of implementers working at all levels of management structures.

Afar National Regional State President Office,

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