November 2016, Vol. 243, No. 11


Horn of Africa Pipelines Garner Foreign Attention

Two countries in the Horn of Africa peninsula, Ethiopia and Djibouti, are fast becoming the center of attention for foreign investment in infrastructure projects. Djibouti, with its Red Sea port, is of strategic importance as the gateway to imports and exports for its landlocked neighbors, most notably Ethiopia. However, it is its access to the Gulf of Aden and onward to China’s trading global network that underpins its drive to cement its position as the region’s trading hub. Ethiopia, with a population of nearly 100 million in 2015 and real gross domestic product growth averaging 10.9% in the decade to 2014, relies on about 500 fuel trucks from Djibouti port, traveling 498 miles (800 km)

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