Uncertainty as to the future of the capital continued to have a serious effect on the city's development in the first year and half of the occupation. Indecision on this matter gave Italian Addis Abeba, throughout this time, the character of a provisional capital.

The possibility that the administrative centre might be transferred elsewhere would indeed have paralyzed  all efforts at development had it not been realized that, whatever happened, the city would continue to be of major economic significance as long as it remained the terminal of the Djibouti railway.

Source, Richard Pankhurst

Developments in Addis Abeba during the Italian Fascist Occupation (1936-1941)