Kenya and Ethiopia to build railway from Lamu Port to Addis Abba

2012 03 09

KENYA and Ethiopia have signed an agreement in Nairobi to build a rail link between Lamu with Addis Ababa to develop the Lamu Port-South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPPSET) logistics corridor between the two countries.

China has begun feasibility studies to transform Lamu, some 300 kilometres north of Mombasa and 100 south of Ethiopia, into the largest port in East Africa, as part of their String of Pearls strategy, says Wikipedia.

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki and Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, who signed the accords, also explored plans to expand bilateral trade, more particularly the removal of trade barriers which could unlock this "huge potential", reports London's Containerisation International.

"It is necessary to reconfirm border lines and sensitise the communities residing along the common frontier to ensure they understand where they can go and where they can't under the trade agreements between Kenya and Ethiopia," said the joint statement.

Lamu is the oldest inhabited town in Kenya, says Wikipedia. Its economy was based on slave trade until its abolition in 1907. Construction of the Uganda Railroad in 1901 started competition with the Port of Mombassa.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

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