Chinese-built railway links landlocked Ethiopia, one of the world’s fastest growing economies, to the sea

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Source: SCMP

With Chinese conductors at the helm, a fleet of new trains began plying a new route from the Ethiopian capital to neighbouring Djibouti yesterday, in a major boost to both economies.

The 750km railway, built by two Chinese companies, will link Addis Ababa to the strategic Red Sea port of Djibouti in about 10 hours, a far cry from the present multi-day trip along a congested, potholed road.

About 1,500 trucks a day lumber along the road that carries 90 per cent of imports and exports from landlocked Ethiopia to Djibouti – a key trade hub to Asia, Europe and the rest of Africa.

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