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Ethiopia is going to build Africa’s first railway academy that will produce sufficient and qualified manpower for big railway projects to be constructed during the second GTP period.
Economic Affairs Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Dr. Arkebe Equbay, said an agreement was reached with the Chinese Government for the construction of the training center.
More than 800 million birr has been secured from the Government of China, he added.
The construction of the Mojo-Hawassa railway line will be launched at the beginning of this GTP period along with the Mojo Industrial Park, which is currently under construction.
According to the special advisor, preparation is also underway to construct the railway line that links Tadjourah Port with Bahir Dar Town via Asaita-Weldiya during the stated period.
Sebeta-Addis Ababa-Jimma and Bedele, and Hawassa-Shashamane-Arbaminch lines are also part of the second GTP railway projects, it was indicated.
The special advisor stated that contractors for the mega projects are being sought and Chinese companies experienced with successfully conducting railway projects are also invited to take part in the bid.
Dr. Arkebe noted that the country needs a training institute that enables the production of qualified personnel for the big railway projects Ethiopia would undertake.
He said that so far Ethiopia has been sending students to get training aboard, and the railway academy would save hard currency and empower citizens.
According to him, the railway academy will also serve as a training center for other African countries.