Ethiopia to Build Addis Ababa to Djibouti Railway, 656 Km Single and Double Tracks (Video)
Feb. 02, 2013
Bilateral relations between China and Ethiopia has been growing faster than ever before. China has become the fastest growing economy in the world and Ethiopia has become the fastest growing economy in Africa. The Chinese are supporting the efforts of the Ethiopian government to fight poverty.
China is engaged in many industries in Ethiopia; including manufacturing, Agro processing, infrastructural developments, railway construction, and youth professional training. All these activities have helped create massive job opportunities, accompanied by technology transfer and human capacity developments.
The agricultural technical cooperation centers and the manufacturing technical centers established with the support of China are hugely transforming our human capacity building, underlining the importance of introducing modern agricultural technology to boost Ethiopia’s agriculture.
Ethiopia has taken tremendous strides in utilizing its water resources over the last decade and citing its effort in building one of the biggest dams in the world- the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam – mobilizing its citizens at home and abroad. China has been supporting Ethiopia’s efforts in harnessing it’s water resources.
The Ethiopian Embassy in China:
“The trade exchange between china and Ethiopia exceeds 2 billion USA dollars as of October 2012 while Chinese direct investment has reached 576 million dollars and Ethiopian companies have invested 5.31 million dollars in China, according to the data obtained from Ethiopian embassy in Beijing. There are more than 200 Chinese invested manufacturing companies and 629 Chinese businesses and more than 50 Chinese EPC enterprises operating in Ethiopia, the date gained from Ethiopian Embassy indicated. The overall China-Ethiopia economic cooperation value has stretched about 10 billion dollars.”
Below is a video that explains the planned railway construction in Ethiopia by the Chinese. This railway will definitely help Ethiopia transporting people and goods. This project is one of the hundreds of projects China is doing Ethiopia/Africa.
The Addis Ababa – Djibouti Railway Project is 656 Km long connecting Addis Ababa with the port of Djibouti. Double track from Addis Ababa to Adama (107 km) and single track from Adama to Dewele (549 km). Both will be used for freight and passenger transportation and they are driven by renewable energy source (electric traction) Standard Gauge (1.435 meters).
Ethiopian Railway Corporation says Working on Capacity Building
Addis Ababa, February 2 (WIC) – Ethiopian Railway Corporation has said it is training over 200 professionals in railway engineering in a bid to build the capacity of professionals in the sector.
The Corporation made the remark on Friday while presenting its six-month performance to the Standing Committee of Transport Affairs with the House of People’s Representatives.
While presenting the performance report, Director General of the Corporation, Engineer Getachew Betru said the Corporation is training over 200 professional in masters’ program in Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa universities.
He said preparation is also underway to train additional 200 professional in the sector.
According to Getachew, there is favorable condition to meet the railway construction targeted in Growth and Transformation Plan.
The railway projects underway in various places of the nation including the Addis Ababa light railway project have created job opportunity for over four million people, out of which 16 percent are foreign citizens.
The Standing Committee commended the activities of the Corporation in capacity building and timely provision of materials needed for the construction.
However, the Committee urged the Corporation to timely remove infrastructure in some places of Addis Ababa to make a way for the construction, which it said are reasons for delaying the construction.
It also stressed the need for a coordinated work in the various railway projects being underway in the nation.