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The Addis Ababa Light-rail Transport System fails by the Employees


The Addis Ababa Light-rail Transport System fails by the Employees



The Ethiopian government decided to address the congested roads of the capital, Addis Ababa, by commissioning a new urban metro, largely funded, constructed and run by Chinese institutions. It is the first light railway to be built in sub-Saharan Africa and the first line opened in September 2015.

In 2007, Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, had two main forms of transport: buses supplied by the state-owned company, Anbessa; and the ‘blue donkeys’, blue-and-white minibus taxis. “There is, however, an increasing discrepancy between supply and demand, according to Mulugeta Gudeta of the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce ... ‘The state of public transportation in Addis Ababa is perhaps the weakest link in the otherwise fast growing economy in the Ethiopian capital’.” [1] The next step was to find a solution that did not add to the traffic congestion on the capital’s already crowded roads.

The national and city government gave the problem serious consideration. A steering committee was set up in December 2007, the Ethiopian Railways Corporation (ERC) took charge in March 2008, contracts for its construction were signed in September 2009, and it began running services six years later. “On September 21st, the city opened the first part of its new urban metro. It is the first light rail system to be built anywhere in sub-Saharan Africa, though a few South African cities have commuter rail services.”  

It was 85 percent financed by the Export-Import Bank of China through a loan agreement signed with the Chinese government in June 2011, built by the 


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