In a press briefing he gave here today, Special Envoy Xu Shaoshi said the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway is a landmark project that showcases the successful relationship China has created with Africa in general and with Ethiopia in particular.
According to him, China attaches special attention to the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway Project due to its role for realizing Africa’s vision of economic integration by successfully connecting Ethiopia with the port of Djibouti. It is part of the pledge made by President Xi Jinping for Africa.
The special envoy, who lauded Ethiopia's efforts to modernize its infrastructural connectivity, affirmed his country's readiness to support the latter's future development projects; and agreement was reached to build industrial parks on the railway route.
According to Shaoshi, the plan is to establish specialized industrial parks that engage in engineering, mining, textile and other sectors on the route.
Besides their contribution to recruiting a large number of youth, the industrial parks will help towns flourish in the route, he elaborated.