MOGADISHU (Halbeeg News) – Djibouti will resume providing port services to South Sudan following the restoration of peace in the latter, the official said.
The government has announced that it will start providing port services to three East African landlocked countries.
The chief executive of Djibouti’s Duraleh Multipurpose Port (DMP), Mr. Wahib Daher Aden, said his government would soon start giving port services to South Sudan, Rwanda, and Burundi.
Djibouti was providing the services to South Sudan until Africa’s youngest nation slide into civil war that claimed thousands of lives and displaced millions.
According to Article published by Daily Business, Mr. Aden confirmed that Djibouti would resume its operations to provide port services.
“Just before the war in South Sudan broke, we were serving the country. Unfortunately, the war broke, and we were forced to stop,” Mr. Aden said.
“Now, as peace is being restored in the country, we are going to restart that service for South Sudan,” added Mr. Aden.
DMP, which began operations in June 2017, has expanded greatly in the recent past.
“For a small country like Djibouti, building five new ports and a railway connection with Ethiopia in 10 years is massive infrastructure investment. DMP is a game changer in the whole industry and the region,” Mr. Aden said.
“It is the most efficient port that also serves Ethiopia, and aims at serving Burundi and Rwanda. We compare ourselves with the most efficient ports in Singapore and China.
“Because Ethiopia is a big country, we want to be chosen for our service. We want to be chosen in eastern Africa because of our modern, customer-oriented and efficient services, which save costs.”
Mr. Aden disclosed that DMP was for the first time expected to handle the biggest ship with 80,000 tonnes of grain by the end of December for the Ethiopian government.
He noted that the newly constructed electric railway line connecting Djibouti with Ethiopia would be linked to DMP in two months.
Once it is fully operational, goods from DMP would reach Ethiopia’s Modjo Dry Port, about 76km east of Addis Ababa, within 12 hours.