Ethiopia has growth rates many in the west can only dream of. As Sonia Legg reports it's hoping a new metro rail system will boost the economy even higher.
A novelty for many in Ethiopia's capital. A new trainline stretching 32 kilometres in Addis Ababa. (SOUNDBITE) (Amharic) RAHEL TESFAYE, ADDIS ABABA SAYING: "The only experience Ethiopians have of trains was one built by Emperor Menelik II 100 years ago. This generation has never had the chance to experience a train ride." The trainline, costing 475 million U.S. dollars, will serve 39 stations and link the city from north to south and east to west. It's expected to transform the lives of the capital's five million residents and help turn the country into a manufacturing hub. (SOUNDBITE) (Amharic) HANNAH MAMO, ADDIS ABABA RESIDENT SAYING: "We have a severe transport problem. You often have to wait 30 to 40 minutes in queues. I hope this will solve the problem." The project was mostly financed by China's Exim bank and built by China's Railway Engineering Corporation. But Ethiopia hopes it will boost the local economy too. The country was already achieving growth of 8 percent. With a new metro that can carry up to 60,000 passengers a day that could soon be even higher.