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Ethiopia Announces Plans to Build New Rail System

The Ethiopian government announced its plans to build a new railway system. The country currently has only one railway, from the capital Addis Ababa to Djibouti, its neighboring country. This railway is in poor condition and about half of the line does not operate.

The new railway system will be approximately 3,000 miles, mainly for carrying goods, officials say. It will be standard gauge and electrified to make use of Ethiopia's huge hydro power potential.


Getachew Betru, the person in charge of the railway, recognized that this would make a great contribution to Ethiopia's development, now that the country will be more "connected". They will now be able to expand their trade and benefit from more connections to other countries.

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