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Etiopian palns development belt along Ethiopia-Djibouti railway: minister

DjubitiADDIS ABABA, July 22 (Xinhua) — Ethiopia aims to build along the Ethio-Djibouti electrified railway a development belt attracting investment, particularly in the manufacturing sector, said Ethiopia’s transport minister on Saturday.
Speaking to Xinhua, Ahmed Shide, Minister of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Transport, said the under-construction Dire Dawa and Adama Industrial parks, as well as the planned Ayisha Industrial Park, which lie on the path of the rail line in particular, are the focus of the development belt.
Dire Dawa and Adama Industrial Parks, 446 km and 99 km East of Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, are both being built by China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC).
Dire Dawa Industrial Park is being built at a cost 190 million U.S. dollars while Adama Industrial Park is being built at a cost 125 million dollars.
“The Industrial parks lying on the path of Ethio-Djibouti railway line will be a game changer for both countries and in general for the region, enhancing economic transformation in the region and helping in ease of transportation of goods,” said Shide.
“The railway will not only be a transportation line but also be a development corridor facilitating investment particularly in manufacturing sector,” he added.
The Ethio-Djibouti rail line spanning 756 km connecting landlocked Ethiopia to Djibouti is expected to start commercial operations in October, according to Shide.
The electrified rail line is expected to cut transportation time needed for goods to reach Djibouti port from the Ethiopian hinterland from at least two days to 10 hours.
The rail line will also provide a passenger service, with an average speed of 120 km per hour and a single coach holding 118 passengers at a time.
“The Ethio-Djibouti rail line in the future is envisioned to be part of a larger rail network connecting other parts of Africa through neighboring South Sudan and Sudan,” said Shide.

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Source: Xinhua

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  1. This is it baby!!! It was all apparent what the old chemin de fer created in all places it passed thru for more than 9 decades. It created bastions of opportunity for millions to make a living as merchants and small size entrepreneurs in service also even small manufacturing outfits. People started settling down at many locations that the railway line designated as stopovers. The installments of modern amenities like water stations were the ice on the cake to attract millions of people to settle at those locations. It transformed tens of thousands members of nomadic and pastoralists into settled way life. Without the coming of that old railway line I would not talk to you in my current capacity. I could have been long gone moving from one grazing landscape to another and in the process getting harmed or doing harms to others. It had completely transformed many of my own nomadic and pastoralist relatives into successful merchants and traveling traders. It had liberated many of our women into becoming ‘commodity’ traders. Without chemin de fer that would have been impossible. Those of us who happen to know US or European companies who currently have factories in China or anywhere in Asia should tell them to start exploring the opportunities in the old country. We should all help open the flood gate of foreign companies that will benefit from the abundance of cheap and easily trainable skilled labor and efficient infrastructure. When I say this, my opinion about the dismal and oppressive governance that has been bedeviling our people is still in tact. That will never change as long as the former Marxist thugs are in power. But when it comes to any effort focused on industrialization, that is a different animal for me. I am a peaceful-means-only convert. Industrialization is my peaceful canon. This is one effort we should come together so it can come to fruition. Remember that our women will never be liberated without industrialization(sustained) and without their liberation the current unsustainable population explosion will continue to wreak havoc on the society as a whole. That will continue to trigger deadly conflicts and massacres on scales never seen before. There are also telltale signs of such destructive fracas already. Current agrarian economy had outlived its purpose. This is a one time opportunity for that old country to transform itself into an industrialized nation. It(we) should all strike while the iron is still hot.

    Now of all you Al-Toweel Isaias operatives will not like my comment here. But we all know that you can’t help it to hear any encouraging news from the old country. You would rather see our youth to flock into Asmara and come back to kill each other to extinction. The possibility of our able body men and women flocking to factories deprives you sleep. We know that and the entire world knows that. So jump in the lake or rather jump in the Red Sea if you have any seashore left after your fearless leader sold all of it to his Wahhabi masters!!!!!! Bug off!!!!!

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