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Djibouti and Shanghai Electric sign deal to construct power line for railway project

Earlier this year, Djibouti and Ethiopia launched a US$600mn 784-km railway project. (Image source: Erik Cleves Kristensen/Flickr)

The government of Djibouti and China’s Shanghai Electric have signed an agreement for the construction of a 63 kV power line for a railway project, linking the African nation with Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and South Sudan

Earlier this year, Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh and Ethiopian prime minister Hailemariam Desalegn launched the construction of the US$600mn 784-km railway project.

According to Chinese news agency Xinhua, Djibouti's energy minister Ali Yacoub Mahamoud and the regional director of Shanghai Electric, Shi Shizhong, signed the agreement for the construction of 90 km power line running through Ali-Sabieh and Nagad in the country.

Djibouti’s inter-connection project includes the establishment of telecommunication networks, petroleum pipelines as and road infrastructure from the country to South Sudan through Ethiopia. The project has been aimed at increasing economic activities between countries in the Horn of Africa.

Mahamoud said, “We are getting linked to our neighbours in the Horn of Africa through economic integration projects meant to reinforce commercial exchanges.”



Rail project to connect Djibouti to Ethiopia and South Sudan

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