Chinese build highway link between Sudan and Ethiopia


UGANDA (eTN) – A Chinese-built and financed highway link between Ethiopia and the Sudan was declared open and operational during the week, when officials in Addis Ababa made the announcement.

The new highway, over 100 kilometers in length, connects the Ethiopian town of Asossa with the Sudanese town of Kumruk, making trade and visits considerably easier for traders and travelers.

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The cost of over US$27 million was underwritten by China and opens up another route permitting landlocked Ethiopia to trade within the region and her direct neighbors.

Ethiopia is also part of Kenya’s LAPSSET project which is set to build a new deep sea harbor near Lamu and then link Kenya with Ethiopia and South Sudan by highway and railway, at last giving Ethiopia a reliable and safe route for imports and exports distant from hostile neighbors.