The 491-km railway line connecting Ethiopia to Sudan launched

20 May 2015

The foundation of a 491-km railway in Ethiopia has been finally laid by the Prime Minister HaileMariam Desalegn.

This initiative will assist local farmers to transport their products to neighbouring markets and also link the country to South Sudan.

“The railway line will play a major role in enhancing social, political and economic activities of the areas it crosses as well as the nation,” said the Ethiopian Railways Corporation CEO Getachew Betru.

The railway project will link Addis Ababa with Bedele and will be among eight national routes set to be built by the Ethiopian Railways Corporation with more than 25 stations available.

Another railway line linking the potash-rich northern and northeastern part of the country with Tadjoura port in Djibouti was also initiated this year.

Ethiopia has embarked on railway and road construction to improve economic ties with neighbouring nations and also to upgrade their transportation industry. Their ongoing Addis Ababa – Djibouti railway project is now 80% complete.


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