Africa’s first modern electrified railway line linking Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa and Red Sea state of Djibouti was inaugurated on Wednesday morning in Lebu railway station of Addis Ababa.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Djibouti’s President Ismail Omar Guelleh and Togo’s President Faure Gnassingbe attended the launch ceremony. Xu Shaoshi, the Chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission was invited to make a speech in the ceremony as the special envoy of Chinese President Xi Jinping.
The speed of this 752.7-km railway line was designed to reach 120km/h. It is expected to cut the journey time to less than 10 hours which covers 45 stations from Addis Ababa to Djibouti. The whole project costed about 4 billion dollars. This is the first time that Chinese enterprises used Chinese standards and equipment to build the railway line overseas.