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Ethiopia, Djibouti launch $4bn electrified railway



Ethiopia and Djibouti on Wednesday launched a $4bn Africa’s first modern electrified railway connecting their respective capitals.

A media report said that the 752.7-km Ethiopia-Djibouti railway was inaugurated in Addis Ababa in a grand ceremony.

It said that the railway has a designed hourly speed of 120 kilometres.

The report said that it was constructed by China Railway Group and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation.

It highlighted that it is expected to reduce travel time from seven days on roads to about 10 hours, and provide landlocked Ethiopia with a faster access to the Djibouti port.

There have also been high expectations on the railway to boost industrialisation along its routes.NAN