Ethiopia-Djibouti railway big boost to China’s Africa projects

Chinese employees of the new railway that links Addis Ababa to Djibouti take pictures in front of the Chinese-made Ethiopian trains in Addis Ababa on September 24, 2016. The construction of the 752.7-km Ethiopia-Djibouti railway adheres to China’s level-two electrified railway standards. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • As many African countries have been following different gauge standards of Western countries, they are not in a position to form an integrated African railway network.
  • A consortium of the two Chinese contractors, CREC and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), beat their Western rivals to win the bid.

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