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Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway Officially Completed, Creating High Speed
Link Between Djibouti and Ethiopia
January 11, 2017
The completion of the Addis
Ababa-Djibouti Railway, a new 752km
track linking Ethiopia's capital with the
Port of Djibouti, was officially marked
today at a ceremony at Nagad Railway
Station in Djibouti.
In the presence of Djibouti's President,
His Excellency Ismail Omar Guelleh, and
Ethiopia's Prime Minister, His Excellency
Hailemariam Desalegn, and senior
officials from across the region, the new
railway linking Djibouti to Ethiopia was
The new railway can reach speeds of
160 km/h for passenger trains and 120
km/h for cargo trains. It will cut cargo
journey times between the
Port of Djibouti and Addis Ababa from three days by road to just 12 hours. Trial services for the new US$4.2 billion
railway began in October 2016, with regular services transporting goods and passengers expected to begin early
The railway is a major milestone for trade in the region. Currently, more than 90% of Ethiopia's trade passes
through Djibouti, accounting for 70% of the overall activity at Djibouti's ports. With Africa's GDP predicted to double
by 2035, and the population expected to reach 2.5 billion over the next 30 years, the continent is in need of major
new infrastructure links.
|VIPs travelling on the new railway linking Djibouti to Ethiopia. Trains can
reach speeds of 160 km/h for passenger trains and 120 km/h for cargo
trains, slashing freight carriage times.