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Speaking on condition of anonymity, a high government official confirmed that the bank had signed an agreement with the Ethiopian Railway Corporation a few months ago, notwithstanding a final approval needed from the Chinese government to finalise the deal.

The Commerce and Finance Ministry of China by law has to give its approval to any financial deals made by EXIM bank. And EXIM bank, according to the official, has sent ERC’s request to the Ministry, which is expected to respond within, at least, four weeks.

“The funding deal with the Chinese government is now at a final stage and will hopefully get the approval soon,” the official, who is closely involved in the deal, revealed stating that the project could be launched as early as September given that the Ethiopian government has completed all necessary preparations.

The project’s design has already been drawn, and ERC has awarded the construction tender to the Chinese Railway Engineering Group. ERC also signed a contract with the Chinese Railway Corporation (CRC) two weeks ago in a bid to undertake the Addis Ababa-Me’eso Railway Projects, part of the the Addis Ababa-Djibouti line, pursuant to a condition for a Chinese funding for the project.

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The railway service has a so-called T-shaped segment. The first track will run from east to west and connect the Ayat roundabout with the Torhailoch ring road. The second track will link Menelik Square Merkato Bus Station. It will pass through Sebategna and Abenet and link up with the east-west line. After that, the combined track will continue towards Meskel Square and make a right turn in the direction of the Akaki roundabout.

The Light Railway Network project is one of ERC’s two ambitious projects to construct a 5,000 kilometer long cargo railway network connecting different parts of the country. ERC has prioritized the construction of the 2,000 kilometer railway line from Addis Ababa to the Port of Djibouti and the Afar and Oromo regions in the next five years. An additional 3,000 kilometer track to the Tigray regional state, the city of Gonder and the south are to follow.

After its completion, the light Railway Network project could transport up to 20,000 passengers per day and observers hope it serves as a solution to Addis Ababa’s stifling transport problems.

(Source : www.afrik-news.com)
Good news, lets hope it finally gets done.
 

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India pledges 300 mln dollars for Ethio-Djibouti railway
India pledges 300 mln USD for Ethio-Djibouti Railway
Tuesday, 24 May 2011


Addis Ababa, May 24 (WIC) – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India announced that his government would support the development of a new Ethio-Djibouti Railway line to the tune of 300 million dollars.

At the inaugural ceremony of the Second Africa India Forum Summit, Prime Minister Singh said India would also offer 5 billion USD for the next three years under lines of credit to help achieve the development goals of Africa.

“Under the lines of credit that we offered at the first Summit, we had specifically looked at promoting regional integration through infrastructure development,” Singh said in his address to Heads of States and representatives of 15 African countries. “On the advice of the African Union, I am happy to announce that we would support the development of a new Ethio-Djibouti Railway line to the tune of 300 million USD for this important regional project”.:cheers:

The Prime Minister also said that India will offer an additional 700 million USD to establish new institutions and training programmes in consultation with the African Union and its institutions.

“Africa possesses all the prerequisites to become a major growth pole of the world in the 21st century,” Singh said. “We will work with Africa to enable it to realize this potential”.

The Prime Minister proposed to establish an India-Africa Food Processing Cluster, Integrated Textiles Cluster, Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting Cluster and an India-Africa Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development.

He also proposed the establishment of an India-Africa Virtual University, which will provide 10,000 new scholarships for African students.

“This, we hope, will help to meet some of the demand in Africa for higher studies in Indian Institutions,” Singh said adding that the current 500 African scholarships per annum would be increased to 900, taking the total commitment for the next three years to more than 22,000.

In support of maintaining peace and security in Africa, Prime Minister Singh said that India would contribute two million USD for the African Union Mission in Somalia.

The Second Africa-India Forum Summit is expected to adopt a Joint Declaration of the Africa – India Partnership (Addis Ababa Declaration) to contain the political commitments of the two sides, as well as an Africa – India Framework for Cooperation when it culminates tomorrow.

Representatives of 15 African countries including Algeria, Burundi, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Libya, Malawi, Namibia, Mauritania, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Swaziland are taking part in the summit.

On the Ethiopian side Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and his Deputy Hailemariam Desalegn, who is also Minister of Foreign Affairs, attended the Summit.

Singh, who co-chaired the Summit with Chairperson of the African Union and President of Equatorial Guinea, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, is also expected to hold bilateral visits to Ethiopia and Tanzania.
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Ethiopia’s railway construction to demolish 1,000 homes

Ethiopia’s railway construction to demolish 1 000 homes

At least 1 000 houses in Ethiopia's town of Nazareth are set to be demolished to make way for the construction of a recently launched Ethiopian railway project, as one of the train stations will be located in that area.


Nazareth is about 100 kilometres east of Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Last month, Ethiopia launched the construction of the more than 5 000 km rail network that aims to link the capital to various regions of the country.

The Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC) assured that all those displaced by the construction works would be moved to another location that had all the necessary residential facilities.

Already a committee has been established to deal with compensation and related issues for those affected by the massive construction project.

The project is expected to cost the Horn of Africa country more than US$1 billion, the ERC announced.

Loans from foreign partners and the Ethiopian government will finance the construction of the railroad.

The ERC said the rail network will stretch out in eight directions across the country, with a 655.7km track - the longest- between Addis Ababa and Djibouti and should help the country enhance its local trade as well as its foreign export market.

Ethiopia-Djibouti rail

Transport is one of the main barriers to trade, the absence of a reliable railway in the country especially between major towns and the main Ethiopian port in Djibouti, have seen the costs of trade escalating.

The Ethiopian rail authority said it expected that, when functional, the railway system would "enable the nation to transport 6 million tonnes of freight, which in the past has only been impossible by truck".

The railway project is one of priority areas of the Ethiopian Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), a five year government development programme that will see the construction of 1 833.6km of railway lines.

So far US$100 million has been secured for the project from the Chinese Export and Import Bank.

India has pledged a US$300 million loan for the Ethiopian-Djibouti railway project.

A total of 18 companies have won contracts to design the railroads, with the construction of the 210km track between Nazareth and Meiso having been awarded to the Chinese Railway Corporation.

In addition, the Addis Ababa light train project will create at least 5 000 jobs.

Ethiopia has launched an aggressive development plan and hopes to be classified by the World Bank as a lower middle income country by 2015.

The existing 60km rail link between Addis Ababa and Djibouti has been suspended as it had reached its life expectancy.

It was constructed by the French for the Emperor, Menelik in the early 1900s.

http://www.theafricareport.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5173130:ethiopias-railway-construction-to-demolish-1-000-homes&catid=69:art&Itemid=203
 

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Ethiopia unveils billion-dollar rail project to Djibouti

Ethiopia Wednesday unveiled a new railway project that would connect its capital Addis Ababa to neighbouring Djibouti in a new infrastructure-building phase.

The Addis-Djibouti double-track railway project is one of eight routes the Ethiopian government has planned to construct over the next five years as it seeks to grow trade with its neighbours.

Ethiopia five months ago launched Africa's biggest hydropower project, the "renaissance dam" on the Nile River at a cost of $8 billion.

The first phase of the new rail project to be completed in three years will cover 670 kilometres and is expected to cost $1.2 billion, government officials said.

A large part of this amount is a loan advanced by China but the Ethiopian government has also put up some of it although details were not immediately available.


"We are confident the project will be done on schedule," said Getachew Betru, the general manager of the Ethiopian Railway Corporation.

Russian railway experts would also oversee the project, he said.

Leading Chinese railway construction company China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) will build the railway which would cross the lowlands of eastern Ethiopia as it heads to the border with Djibouti.

Djibouti is a main sea gate for landlocked Ethiopia, the second most populous country in sub Saharan Africa.
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Looks like there's news on the Add-Djib line...


Ethiopia, China sign accord for Mieso-Diredawa-Dewele Railway Construction



Addis Ababa, December 17 (WIC) - Ethiopian Railway Corporation and China Civil Engineering Construction Cooperation (CCECC) signed agreement Friday providing for the construction of Mieso-Diredawa-Dewele railway line which covers a total length of 339 km.

Corporation General Manager, Dr. Eng. Getachew Betru and CCECC President, Yuan Li has signed the 1.18 billion birr agreement.

In a bid to keeping the current growth momentum and providing modern and reliable railway service, Ethiopia is in due process of revitalizing its railway transport sector. The Mieso-Diredawa-Dewele railway project is part of the national railway grid that stretches from Addis Ababa to Djibouti.

According to the general manager the construction cost will be covered by the governments of Ethiopia and China.

Ethiopian Ambassador to China, Seyoum Mesfin, Transport Minister, Deriba Kuma and higher government officials have attended the occasion.

Ethiopian Railway Corporation has undertaken designs and aerial survey of 5,060 km of railway to be constructed in the eight development corridors of the country in five years.

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Is Djibouti planning to construct its side of the railway? I haven't read anything about it. I mean, the Ethiopian section of Addis-Djibouti will be completed in 3.5 years, so Djibouti has to get started ASAP.
 

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Ethiopia, China Communications in $1.5 Billion Rail Deal

Ethiopia signed a $1.5 billion agreement with state-run China Communications Construction Co. to build a railway to carry potash from mines being developed in the nation’s northeast.

The 360-kilometer (224-mile) line will transport passengers and freight along a route to neighboring Djibouti’s Tadjourah port, which is being built. It should be completed by July 2015, Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website yesterday.

CCCC (1800), a Chinese government-owned transportation infrastructure company, will be “mobilizing substantial resources to guarantee completion of the project,” the ministry said, citing the company’s vice president, Zhou Yongheng.

Ethiopia, sub-Saharan Africa’s second-most populous nation, is in the middle of a five-year plan to modernize and upgrade its infrastructure and industries. The government last year signed two agreements with Chinese companies to build a 4,744- kilometer (2,948-mile) rail network to Djibouti.

Landlocked Ethiopia lost its access to the sea after Eritrea voted for independence in 1993. The new rail line will run between the cities of Mekele and Hara Gebaya.

Canada’s Allana Potash Corp. (AAA), Sainik Potash Plc of India, Ethiopian Potash Corp. (FED) and Melbourne-based BHP Billiton Ltd. are all developing projects to extract potash, a fertilizer ingredient, in the Afar region.
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-06-25/ethiopia-china-communications-sign-1-dot-5-billion-rail-deal

According to a different article, it's to connect Mekele and Hara Gebaya in the northern part of Ethiopia.
 

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China's CCECC completes track laying of Ethiopia- Djibouti railway
http://www.china.org.cn/world/2015-06/13/content_35816149.htm

June 13, 2015
China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) has successfully completed the track laying on the 420 km section of the total 756 km Ethiopia- Djibouti railway project.

The ceremonial laying of the last track of the project was conducted on Thursday in Djibouti with the presence of President Ismail Omar Guelleh of Djibouti, senior government officials of Djibouti and Ethiopia as well as diplomats, heads and staff members of CCECC among others.

The new Addis Ababa-Djibouti electrified railway is being carried out by two Chinese companies, from Sebeta/Addis Ababa to Miesso by China Railway Group (CREC), and from Miesso to Djibouti by CCECC.

The Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway is expected to conduct efficient transportation of import-export goods, which will further strengthen the economic and social ties between the two neighboring Horn of African states.

Cutting the ribbon and being on board of one of the trails for test-ride, President Ismail Omar Guelleh has hailed the project as an important foundation for Djibouti's future prosperity.

The railway is going to play a key role in Djibouti's social economic development and also enhance regional integration, the president said.

Speaking on the occasion, Workneh Gebeyehu, Ethiopia's Minister of Transport, noted that the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway project would take the existing bilateral relations between the two countries to higher level.

The minister lauds the project that it would be decisive in addressing poverty, security and stability in the region.

"The construction and completion of this railway project will revamp the already existing strong bilateral relationship between our two countries into the highest stage that will guarantee the realization of our dreams of integration not only of our two economies but also the economies of East and Horn of African region," said the minister.

Allen Lee, Director General of CCECC for Africa Region, reiterated that the newly built Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway project would facilitate inflow and outflow of cargos between Ethiopia and Djibouti, which also has economic importance in the East African region.

Recalling that CCECC built the Tanzania-Zambia railway in the 1960s and 70s, the Director General said his company has now been carrying out construction projects in more than 20 African countries.

He told Xinhua that CCECC would finalize all the works on the 420 km section of the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway project and handover it before the end of this year.

While working on the new Ethiopia-Djibouti railway project, Lee said CCECC has created job opportunities for more than 10, 000 Ethiopians and more than 3,000 Djiboutians.

"CCECC is the largest state-owned construction company with rich experience working in international market. In 1960s and 70s, we built the Tanzania-Zambian railway, the well-known symbol for China-Africa friendship. Currently, we have carried out construction investment in more than 20 African countries," he said.

"In Africa we have recruited and trained employees. We have built several excellent and outstanding teams in different countries," Lee added.
 

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Addis Ababa July 23/2015 The Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway project would reportedly be finalized within the coming four months.

The 8th Ethio-Djibouti Joint Commission Meeting which focused on the progress and contract management of Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway project was held here today in Addis Ababa.

During the occasion, Transport Minister Workneh Gebeyehu said more than 86 percent of the project which consists of two sections of the railway that extend from Addis Ababa-Meiso and Meiso-Djibouti border on the Ethiopian side is completed.

Protection works, electro-mechanical works, and station works are well underway, while earth works and bridges have already been completed, he added.

According to the minister, the joint meeting would now mainly discuss about the contract management of Addis Ababa-Djibouti and Nagad-Doraleh railway projects as they are nearing completion.

Since there are no well trained local professionals in railway management, widely known international companies will take the maintenance and management works alongside giving training to local trainees that take over after five years, Workneh stated.

“Transport infrastructure, especially railway transport, is capital and technology intensive which requires long-term planning, strategic alignment with regional and international development plans; and moreover it requires effective leadership,” according to the minister.

Hence the management contract agreement of the projects on both sides of the border will be conducted after the process is agreed upon between the two countries, he pointed out.

Djibouti’s Equipment and Transport Minister, Moussa Ahmed Hossan said over 82 percent of the Nagad-Doraleh Port railway project on the Djiboutian side is completed and well in progress.

The 844 kms Addis Ababa-Djibouti and Nagad-Doraleh railway projects are being built with an outlay of close to 4 billion USD, it was learned.
http://www.ena.gov.et/en/index.php/economy/item/1157-joint-commission-discussing-contract-management-of-addis-ababa-doraleh-railway#sthash.FMNk1wG8.dpuf
 

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吉布提-埃塞铁路首趟试运行编组列车整装待发。

  原标题:中国企业承建的吉布提-埃塞铁路开始试运行

  国际在线消息(记者 王新俊):由中国企业承建的吉布提-埃塞俄比亚铁路8月30日开始试运行,吉布提交通部长穆萨·艾哈迈德·哈桑、吉布提铁路公司总经理穆罕默德、吉布提港股份公司代表及中土公司参建人员参加了当天的试运行仪式。

  当天,中土公司使用自有机车首次将埃塞铁路公司在中国采购的30台机车车辆通过新建铁路线从吉布提运往埃塞俄比亚。穆萨称,能在该项目建设阶段后期向埃塞运送铁路车辆是了不起的成就,在第一时间展现出了吉布提-埃塞铁路的安全、绿色和高效。

  中土集团公司总经理助理兼非洲区域总代表李吾良此前在接受记者采访时表示,吉布提-埃塞铁路全线建成通车后,对解决非洲大国埃塞俄比亚的运输问题和促进埃塞与吉布提两国经济往来和人民交流都很重要,也会推动东非区域一体化建设。

  据了解,埃塞俄比亚铁路公司从中国采购了1170台机车和车辆,将先由海路从中国运至吉布提港,然后再通过吉布提-埃塞铁路转运至埃塞最大铁路编组站所在地德雷达瓦。与公路运输相比,用铁路运送这批机车车辆不仅能大大降低运输风险,也能提高运输效率。

  吉布提-埃塞俄比亚铁路是东非地区首条现代化跨境铁路,全长约770公里,连接亚丁湾及红海要冲吉布提首都的吉布提港和非洲大国埃塞俄比亚首都亚的斯亚贝巴,也是中国企业在海外首次采用全套“中国标准”修建的电气化铁路,从设计、施工、监理,到轨料、施工装备、通信讯号和电气化设备、机车车辆,全部使用中国技术和产品。全线采用中国二级电气化铁路标准,设计时速120公里,总投资约40亿美元,其中约70%由中国进出口银行提供优惠贷款。中国铁建所属中土集团承担其中吉布提境内100公里及埃塞米埃索至吉布提边境340公里的工程建设,中铁二局承建埃塞境内米埃索至亚的斯亚贝巴的330公里。项目于2012年4月正式动工,计划在2015年10月全线建成通车。
Djibouti - Ethiopia railway marshalling train test run first trip ready .

Original title : Chinese companies construction of Djibouti - Ethiopia railway started trial operation

International online news ( reporter Wang Xinjun ) : constructed by Chinese companies in Djibouti - Ethiopia railway Aug. 30 began trial operation , Djibouti Transport Minister Moussa Ahmed Hassan , general manager of the Djibouti railway companies Muhammad , the port of Djibouti AG Participation on behalf of the company and Turkey attended the commissioning ceremony of the day .

The same day, the company uses its own locomotives and Turkey for the first time in Ethiopia 's railway company purchases in China 30 locomotives transported through the new railway line from Djibouti to Ethiopia . Moussa said , to the late delivery of the railway to Ethiopia in the construction phase of the project vehicle is a remarkable achievement , for the first time demonstrated the Djibouti - Ethiopia railway safety , green and efficient.
Assistant General Manager of the chief representative of China and Turkey and the African Regional Group Li Wu Liang had said in an interview with reporters , Djibouti - Ethiopia railway line was opened to traffic after , to solve the transport problems of Africa country Ethiopia Ethiopia and Djibouti and the promotion of bilateral economic ties and people exchanges are important, will promote the integration of the East African region .

It is understood that the Ethiopian Railway Corporation purchase from China of 1170 locomotives and vehicles , will first be transported by sea from China to the port of Djibouti , and then through the Djibouti - Ethiopia railway transport to Ethiopia 's largest railway marshalling yard seat Dire Dawa . Compared with road transport, railway transport with these locomotives will not only greatly reduce the transportation risk , but also to improve transport efficiency
Djibouti - Ethiopia railway modernization is East Africa 's first cross-border railway , is about 770 km , connecting hub of the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea port of Djibouti capital Djibouti and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia African country , is also the first time Chinese enterprises in overseas a full set of electrified railway " Chinese standard" construction , from design, construction, supervision , to track materials, construction equipment , communication signals and electrification equipment , locomotives , all using Chinese technology and products. China across the board with two electrified railway standards , the design speed of 120 kilometers , with a total investment of about $ 4 billion , of which about 70% provided preferential loans from the Export-Import Bank China . China Railway Construction Group is committed where Turkey belongs to 100 km in Djibouti and埃塞米埃索to Djibouti border 340 kilometers of construction, the construction of 330 km Railway Bureau米埃索to Addis Ababa Ethiopian territory . Project was officially started in April 2012 , planned in October 2015 opened to traffic across the board .
 
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