ABABA, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- The Chinese-built Ethiopia-Djibouti railway
project will have significant contribution to the two east African
countries’ economic development and technology transfer, an Ethiopian
official has said.
"It will have a significant contribution to the country’s economic
development because of the impact of this corridor on boosting cargos
for international export trade... This will improve the competitiveness
of industries in Ethiopia," he noted.
Offering both passenger and freight services, the railway has a designed
speed of 120 km per hour, and is capable of slashing travel time between
Addis Ababa and Djibouti from 7 days on roads to about 10 hours.
Oqubay said the project further strengthened friendship and cooperation
between Ethiopia and China.
"This represents economic ties and strategic partnership between
Ethiopia and China," the official said, adding that the project would
enable technology transfer from the Chinese to Ethiopians and
"This is the first railway line which is electric powered in Africa.
Ethiopians and Djiboutians will be able to acquire knowhow and
management skills which will help us also to manage the other
corridors," he added.