Addis Ababa Djibouti mode of the hottest railway e

2022-07-31
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At 11:47 on October 5, the first train of Addis Ababa Djibouti railway, the "Tanzania Zambia railway in the new era" undertaken by China Railway Construction and other Chinese enterprises, destined for its medical utilization since the birth of TPU, started from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

on the same day, the opening ceremony of Addis Ababa Djibouti railway was solemnly held in Labu station, Ethiopia. At 8:30 a.m., colored flags were flying in Labu station, and the people were singing and dancing. Togolese president Frey and other guests from all walks of life came to the scene

both hailemariam and Gelai congratulated the opening of the railway in their speeches. Xushaoshi said in his speech that "the Addis Ababa Djibouti railway is an important outcome of the cooperation between the three countries and a road of friendship. The opening of the railway this time is not only a milestone in the cooperation between China, Ethiopia and Djibouti, but also a new starting point"

"the Addis Ababa Djibouti railway is not only a high-quality livelihood project tailored by Chinese enterprises for African countries, but also a landmark achievement of China's railway 'going global' and 'the Belt and Road' construction in the form of a whole industry chain for the first time. It will drive the development of multiple industry chains, form a railway economic belt, and provide a valuable 'Addis Ababa Djibouti model' for the sustainable development of African countries." Meng Fengchao, the contractor of Addis Ababa Djibouti railway and chairman of China railway construction, said

the "localization" of the whole industrial chain

Addis Ababa Djibouti railway is the first overseas railway project that integrates the "localization" of the whole industrial chain of design standards, investment and financing, equipment and materials, construction, supervision and operation management

at the end of 2011, China Railway Construction and China soil group signed a project contract with Ethiopian railway company. In january2012, China Railway Construction Corporation and the Ministry of finance of Djibouti signed a contract for the Djibouti section. After more than 4 years of construction, the Addis Ababa Djibouti railway has been officially opened

the Addis Ababa Djibouti railway, which stretches from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, in the west to Djibouti port in the East, is about 750 kilometers long. It is constructed according to the Chinese secondary electrified railway standard, with a design speed of 120 kilometers per hour and a total investment of about US $4billion (including the procurement of rolling stock). 70% of the funds of Ethiopia section and 85% of the funds of Djibouti section use commercial loans from the Export Import Bank of China

as an important support for the "the Belt and Road" strategy, Addis Ababa Djibouti railway is of great significance in promoting connectivity among countries. Ethiopia is a landlocked country and its industrialization is in its infancy. The main channel for import and export goods depends on the port of neighboring Djibouti. The absence of Railways has seriously affected the economic development of Ethiopia. Djibouti is located in the middle node of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, with significant strategic value. President Guelleh once said, "it is our wish to build our country into a regional transportation hub"

Addis Ababa Djibouti railway has encountered many challenges in the implementation process. The original construction period of Djibouti section was 60 months. At the request of the Ethiopian government, the construction period was reduced to 25 months, making Addis Ababa Djibouti railway one of the shortest overseas construction periods for Chinese enterprises. Through the Addis Ababa Djibouti railway, China railway construction has employed more than 20000 local employees in Ethiopia and more than 5000 local employees in Djibouti

contractors become operators

"we are willing to share with African countries China's successful experience in railway and other infrastructure construction and industrial development." Meng Fengchao said in his speech that China railway construction will actively meet the actual needs of local development, comprehensively serve the economic development of regions along the railway, and cultivate new industries. Therefore, take the foam granulator as an example, so as to make the Addis Ababa Djibouti Railway a "road of prosperity and development and a road of win-win cooperation"

in July this year, China Railway Construction China soil group and China Railway Joint Venture successfully signed the Addis Ababa Djibouti railway operation and maintenance project. After the railway is opened to traffic, the contractor will also become an operator and will provide 6 years of operation and management services for the railway

at the opening ceremony, more than 200 people, including Haier Mariam, Gelai, Frey and xushaoshi, boarded the first train for a "trial ride" to experience the industrialized civilization brought about by the Chinese railway

since the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China Africa cooperation last December, the amount of various cooperation agreements signed between China and Ethiopia reached US $2.981 billion, of which the direct investment of enterprises reached US $1.725 billion, accounting for 62.89% of the total amount of the agreements. In addition to Addis Ababa Djibouti railway, the modern railway of Abuja Kaduna section in Nigeria and Benguela railway in Angola, which are constructed with Chinese technical standards and equipment, have been officially put into operation. The Mombasa Nairobi railway in Kenya will be completed and opened to traffic next year

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