Based in Addis Ababa, the new company will provide passenger, freight and maintenance services for the 750km Chinese-built line which links, Addis Ababa and Dewele on the Djibouti border abd was formally inaugurated in October.

Ethiopia’s minister of transport Mr Ahmed Shide and his Djiboultian counterpart Mr Mohammed Abdulkadir Musa signed the agreement after more than a year of negotiations.

The new line will cut the journey time between the two countries to under 10 hours.

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