Ethio-Djibouti railway service launched

5 Oct 2016

The Ethio-Djibouti railway service is officially launched today, setting a new standard for railway journeys in Africa.

Africa’s first electric railway, it was constructed by the China Railway Group and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation.

The new railway line replaces the old Ethio-Djibouti railway line which was just 90cms wide. It will run both passenger and goods trains and will facilitate imports and exports from Djibouti to Addis and the rest of the country through a network of further railway developments, planned and in some cases already underway.

The new railway will contribute a great deal to Ethiopia’s growing economy, one of the fastest growing in Africa.

A journey that used to take 2 to 3 days by truck will now take about 12 hours. This will hugely reduce the cost of transportation and indeed the cost of goods.

The construction project was completed in very short period of time. Ethiopia fully appreciates the management and personnel of our partners, the China Railway Group and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation and thanks them for their support and for their vision.

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