The Ethio-Djibouti railway line, which was inaugurated on September last year, will undergone its first journey to Dire Dawa City, often called “The Queen City of the Desert” today, May 10, 2017, the state owned EBC reported.
This trial journey starts from Furi-Lebu Train Station in Addis Abeba accompanied by the guests as well as local and international media’s.
Addis to Djibouti railway is 752 km long with project expense of 3.4 billion USD (78.2 billion Birr).
The track runs parallel to the abandoned Ethio-Djibouti railway, built more than 100 years ago.
The railway was 70 percent financed by China's Exim Bank and built by China Railway Group and China Civil Engineering Construction.
Chinese controllers, technicians and station masters are among those staffing the services for the next four years after which Ethiopians will be employed.
The African Export-Import Bank estimates that intra-African trade was only 19 percent of the continent’s $930bn total trade last year, compared with more than 60 per cent for the EU.
Therefore, the government hopes that in the long run the railway will boost trade in the horn region.