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Ethiopia inaugurates new rail line to Djibouti

Ethiopia officially inaugurated today (October 5) a new railway line linking Addis Abeba with a major port in Djibouti. The new railway line between Ethiopia and Djibouti covering 752kms is one of the more than quite a few high-profile projects built at a cost of 3.4 billion US dollars.

The inaugural ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of Ethiopia and President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti. Also attended were Chinese president’s envoy, various high level government officials and the diplomatic community.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn speaking at the inaugural ceremony said the project will open a new era of enhanced cooperative partnership between the three countries elevating the socio-economic and political relations into a new high.  The Prime Minister further noted that the new railway line will expedite Ethiopia’s industrialization effort.

Dereje Tefera, a Spokesperson at the Ethiopian Railways Corporation, noted that the Chinese-built 750-km electrified line “will minimize the cost of the transport and the transport time and it’s free from pollution, it uses renewable energy.” The Spokesperson said that the project is “part of the trans-African railway network,” adding that “it will give an opportunity for connecting Ethiopia with other neighboring countries.”