ADDIS ABABA Ethiopia
(Xinhua) -- The Sebeta/ Addis Ababa-Adama-Mieso
railway, which is a section of Ethiopia’s key railway project of
the Addis Ababa-Djibouti railway being built by the China
Railway Group (CREC) is nearing completion.
track-laying activity is approaching to completion, a grand
ceremony was held on Monday in Adama town about 99 km south of
Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, where senior government
officials, diplomats, Chinese and local staff of CREC as well as
residents of Adama town celebrated the landmark chapter of the
The Sebeta/Addis Ababa-Mieso railway project covers a total
length of 329.145 km.
The Ababa-Adama section is a double track with 115 km length
while the Adama-Mieso is a single track covering 214.145 km.
The standard-gauge railway, which is one section of the
first Ethiopia’s national railway network, has been
contracted by CREC with a total cost of nearly two billion
With the designed speed of 120km/h, the
electrified-railway connects Addis Ababa with important
cities of Adama, Dire Dawa, and Djibouti Port, and is the
main transporting corridor for imports and exports of
Ethiopia and the inland of East Africa.
Stating that the project is the first modern railway in
Ethiopia, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the project
is a blood-line of the country’s economy.
"In addition to its contribution to facilitation of
transportation in the country, the project plays significant
role in sharing experience and transfer of technology and
skills from the Chinese to Ethiopians, which in the future
will enable Ethiopian professionals carry out such
infrastructure projects in the country on their own," he
Stating that more than 80 percent of the project has been
completed so far, Getachew Betru, CEO of the Ethiopian
Railway Corporation (ERC), noted that the speed and works on
the construction of the project show that it would be fully
completed as per the contract schedule and standard.
Getachew called on all concerned parties and the local
community to continue to display the usual collaboration and
provide support to the undertaking of the project towards
its successful completion, and then test-ride and handover
Reiterating that the railway facilitates Ethiopia’s imports
and exports via the Addis Ababa-Djibouti corridor, Arkebe Equbay,
Minister Advisor to the Prime Minister and also Board Chairman
of ERC, highlighted on the role the project plays in the
country’s economic performance.
He noted that the project also contributes to economic
integration in the sub-region, and is a model one from which
good experience has been gained for future railway projects to
be carried out in the country.
Appreciating the commitment and collaboration of
Ethiopians and the Chinese towards the success of the
project, La Yifan, Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, hailed
the project’s role in strengthening friendship and also
taking the relations between Ethiopia and China to a new
He reiterated that the project helps technology and skill
transfer between the Chinese experts and Ethiopian
Commenced in February 2012, the Sebeta/Addis Ababa-Mieso
Railway Project is expected to be fully completed in few months.
CREC is also carrying out the 475-million-U.S. dollar Addis
Ababa electrified railway project, which started test-ride early
February this year in the capital of the East African nation.
CREC, which is one of the world’s top 500 enterprises with
300, 000 permanent staff, has overseas projects in 68 countries
While working on different projects in Ethiopia, CREC has
been supporting the local people, especially those who are by
the projects sites, where the Chinese company has undertaken
development programs in water supply and road development.