Ethiopia’s first Chinese-built toll road wins hearts of commuters

During the 2018 Ethiopian fiscal year alone, the toll road had served more than 7.8 million vehicles, eventually collecting close to 245 million Ethiopian birr (about 9 million U.S. dollars), according to ETRE.

As the demand increases, ETRE also expects some 8.8 million vehicles during the current fiscal year, with an expected income of 266 million Ethiopian birr.

The Addis Ababa-Adama toll road, as the first expressway in the East African region, is considered as one major outcome of Ethiopia’s cooperation with China in the implementation of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.

Ethiopia, as one of the countries cooperating in the implementation of the initiative, had also accomplished Africa’s first transnational electrified railway, connecting Addis Ababa with the Red Sea nation Djibouti.