DP World starts construction on Berbera port in Somaliland

WCN Editorial Team 12 Oct 2018 AFRICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

DP World, a port operator that was founded by a merger of Dubai Ports Authority and Dubai Ports International, has broken ground on the multi-purpose Berbera port in Somaliland.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by the president of the Republic of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, and DP World Group chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem.

Phase one of the project will involve the construction of a 400m quay and 250,000m² yard extension and the development of a free zone to create a new regional trading hub.

Sulayem said that the infrastructure project will benefit people across the Horn of Africa, offering an alternative gateway to international markets and providing jobs to the people of Somaliland.

DP World Berbera, the joint venture firm, will also cater to landlocked nations in the Horn of Africa such as Ethiopia which has a 19% interest in the project.

Shafa Al Nahda Contracting, a longterm partner of DP World, has been chosen as the contractor for the port expansion project. Shafa Al Nahda has been involved in the Port of Dakar expansion in Senegal and the Port of Maputo expansion project in Mozambique.-

Sulayem added: “This is all part of our vision to act as an enabler of trade and to encourage growth by helping African countries develop their economies with access to global markets.

“Investment in this natural deep-water port and the free zone will act as a catalyst for the growth of the country and the region’s economy and create jobs at many levels.

“Alongside physical assets we are investing in the development of the people who work here through training and skills development across our network. I’d like to thank the Government and the people of Somaliland for inviting us to be a long-term partner in the future of their nation.”

President of Somaliland Muse Bihi Abdi said: “Connecting to landlocked countries such as Ethiopia and the rest of the region will reinforce the firm relationships that now exist and make Somaliland an important player in regional economic integration and growth.”

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Image: DP World staff at a port site. Photo: Courtesy of DP World.

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