A train is seen at the Adama train station of Oromia region during a media guided tour of the Ethio-Djibouti Railways route in Adama, Ethiopia, September 24, 2016. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopia Keen to Work with China to Improve its Transport Sector, says Ministry

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia is keen to continue working with China to further improve its transport and logistics sector, said Dagmawit Moges, minister of Transport.

The minister said this following a meeting she held with her Chinese counterpart, Li Xiaopeng, on Thursday.

“(I) had a fruitful discussion with Li Xiaopeng, minister of Transport of China, on areas of strengthening bilateral cooperation between Ethiopia and China,” Dagmawit revealed in a brief statement on twitter.

“I look forward to working together towards improving Ethiopia’s transport and logistics sector,” she added.

Similar topics, particularly railway projects, were the major discussion point when the minister spoke with the Chinese ambassador to Ethiopia last year on ways of further strengthening bilateral cooperation with an emphasis on railway projects.

Ethiopia and China have in recent years developed strong cooperation in the development of the railway sector. It resulted in the successful completion of two major railway projects including Ethiopia-Djibouti Standard Gauge Railway which began operating in January, 2018.

Since then, the 756-km railway, which provides passenger and freight services between Addis Ababa and Djibouti, has become among key infrastructures that links the country to neighboring Red Sea nation of Djibouti.