The East of Africa celebrated the beginning of this year the construction of the trainline which will link Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa with the sea at the port of Djibouti. It was built by the Chinese state-owned operator China Railway Group between the years 2011 and 2016 amounting to a final cost of $4 billion. This new line now replaces the abandoned Ethio-Djibouti railways that was first built by the French in 1894. Ethiopia’s prime minister believes it was a “historic moment” for the country which up until now was completely landlocked. It was hoped to boost the two countries’ economies as well as kickstart the continent’s commercial potential.
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