Ethiopians to Take over Operations of Ethio-Djibouti Railway

Ethiopians set to replace Chinese experts who are currently running the control center of Ethiopian-Djibouti Railway that was built with a cost of four billion dollars. Scholars from Beijing Jiaotong University provided 45 days training for 185 railway junior personalities.

The training provided to 185 trainees working in signal and communication, civil works and operational control center at Ethiopian Railway Corporation. It has focused on maintenance, telecommunication and signaling as well as railway operations.

The Ethiopia-Djibouti railway, which was jointly built by the China Railway Group Limited (CREC) and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), is presently managed by experts drawn from the two Chinese companies for a period of six years.

“The training would help Ethiopians to build their capacity and it enables them enhance their skills to fully operate the new railway technologies,” Liu Yu, Economic and Commercial Minister-Counselor at the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, said during the event.

A month ago, the Ethiopia-Djibouti Standard Gauge Railway Share Company (EDR) announced that another batch of 34 Ethiopian trainees will be given six months of training in Zhengzhou Railway Vocational and Technical College. They are expected to replace the current Chinese captain of Ethio-Djibouti Railway. And, the second batch of 30 driver trainees (16 Ethiopians and 14 Djibouti) are expected to receive the same training as of next year.

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