In 2016, Arba Minch welcomed representatives of SSDE and SSA. There, they had the possibility to meet members of the Ministry of Urban Development, Housing and Construction. The aim of this meeting was to strengthen the relation between SSDE, SSA and the Ministry, in order to have an efficient cooperation in the pilot project.
Then, workshops and conferences were hold in Arba Minch. The purpose was to share knowledge and skills around ecomunicipality concept. It was also a way to gather all the local actors around the pilot project.