A $475 million transportation project launched for testing in Ethiopia last week, CCTV Africa reported. Backed by the China Railway Construction Corporation — which trained Ethiopians, who are soon-to-be light rail workers in China — the project is set to officially launch in three months. Close to 1500 passengers per hour, according to the report, will be carried between the 39 light rail stations.
“This railway transport has been readied for service,” Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister said. “Above all, technology has been transferred to Ethiopian professionals who have drawn extensive experience and knowledge in the process of working with Chinese professionals. That is really a great achievement.”