Djibouti Signs Power Deal With Shanghai Electric

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Addis Ababa, December 21 (WIC) - Djibouti's Energy Minister, Ali Yacoub Mahamoud and the regional director of Shanghai Electric, Shi Shizhong, signed on Monday an agreement for the construction of a 63KV power line.

The 90km line links Ali-Sabieh and Nagad regions of the country. The completion of the project will boost supply of energy to the future railway line which will link Djibouti to Addis Ababa.

Djiboutian Energy Minister, on the occasion said "Linked to its neighbors in the Horn of Africa through various economic integration projects meant to reinforce commercial exchanges; Djibouti will ensure better utilization of the railway line".

The inter-connection project, which is expected to link different regional markets and increase economic activities, will include telecommunication networks, petroleum pipelines as well as road infrastructure from Djibouti to South Sudan through Ethiopia.

In July, Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn launched the construction of Djibouti-Ethiopia electric railway line measuring 784 km.

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