A Study on the Effect of the Ethio-Djibouti Standard Gauge Railway on the Export Performance of the Bole-Lemi Industrial Park

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Addis Ababa University


It is widely believed that railways are the path to economic growth and progress. Ever since the invention of the steam locomotive, railways have been engines of industrial growth and might of many European countries. The ability to move large volumes of cargo in relatively short amounts of time made them indispensable tools for growth and development across the world.Part of a nation’s growth is also greatly attributed to industrial development. Industries have historically been a source of wealth and employment for any nation that properly utilizes them.Ethiopia is no different with multiple policies to increase the industrial output of the nation.But 4 years into service, how has Ethio-Djibouti Railway measured up to the expectations of various industrial actors in Ethiopia?



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