Ethiopia's capital city, Addis Ababa, may boast Africa's tallest building by 2017. This is not considering still over 80 % of the population do not eat one full meal a day .
While a 58-storey building had been announced previously, plans unveiled by private Chinese developer Guangdong Chuanhui Group now call for a 99-storey office-cum-hotel tower to be built here.
The site for the Chuanhui International Tower is at the new Addis Ababa Exhibition Centre and the developer said it has acquired a 41,000-square metre site and building plans have been approved.
If built, the structure will supersede by 225 metres Africa's current tallest tower, the 50-storey Carlton Centre in Johannesburg.
While floors three to 55 of the proposed super tower are designed for offices, floors 78 to 94 have been set aside for a 217-room Regency Hotel, said a statement by Chuanhui which is based in Guangdong Province in southern China.
Chuanhui has also allocated 2,600 sq m for an exhibition hall and ballroom. Occupying 27,000 sq m, the ground floors and basement have been earmarked for retail space and a public library will occupy another 1,500 sq m.
If completed, the tower would be renamed the Meles Zenawi International Centre to honour the memory of former Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
Chuanhui has not revealed the building's estimated cost or other details, including financial arrangements or the names of the architect and engineer.
With a population of about 2.8 million, Addis Ababa is the country's commercial and industrial centre.