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Ethiopia: Linking Addis Ababa with Port Sudan to maximize joint growths

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CPCS conducts feasibility study for the construction of a standard rail gauge connecting Ethiopia with Sudan.  


Ethiopia, a fast-growing landlocked country, has always depended on foreign ports to do trade. The Port of Djibouti, for instance, handles no less than 95 percent of the country’s imports and exports.  

A standard rail gauge connecting Addis Ababa with Port Sudan, a Sudanese port on the Red Sea, can reduce Ethiopia’s dependency on the Port of Djibouti.   

“Both Ethiopia and Sudan benefit from this arrangement,” says Aleks Prodan, CPCS rail expert. “Ethiopia would love another site to handle its high volume of imports, and Sudan would make great use of an extra railway to export its raw materials.”


CPCS and its team of consultants are preparing a study to determine the feasibility of this rail gauge.  

Components of this study include: 

  • Traffic analyses and projections 
  • Engineering design and development 
  • Environmental and social impact analyses  
  • Economic and financial analyses  
  • Institutional reviews 
  • PPP and project finance strategies  


The feasibility study will help the Ethiopian Railways Corporation and the Sudan Railways Corporation decide whether to build a standard rail gauge connecting Addis Ababa with Port Sudan.   

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