Ethiopian train conductors set for training program in China

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ADDIS ABABA, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Ethiopian government on Saturday bid farewell to 35 train conductors that are to be sent to China for a training program.

The 35 Ethiopian train conductors had already received one-year training from Chinese professionals inside Ethiopia and are set to be given six more months of training in Zhengzhou Railway Vocational and Technical College.

Speaking at the farewell ceremony, Awol Wegres, Deputy Minister of Ethiopia Ministry of Transportation, said the Ethiopian government is planning to facilitate more trainings in the aviation, air and land transportation sector to its professionals in a bid to modernize the country's logistics sector.

Ethiopia hopes to send soon another group of 35 train conductors to China for further training, underlining the critical support China gives to Ethiopia's capacity building program.

China is a keen supporter of Ethiopia's rail infrastructure building program, with Chinese expertise and funding helping build a 4 billion U.S. dollars 756 km electrified rail line connecting landlocked Ethiopia to Djibouti port.

Ethiopia and China are working together to boost the capacity of Ethiopian rail professionals, with a view to eventually helping local staff completely take over the operations of the Ethiopia-Djibouti rail line. Enditem

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