DP World starts work on Somaliland free zone, port expansion

Construction work has started on the development of the Berbera port in the Republic of Somaliland, says DP World
DP World starts work on Somaliland free zone, port expansion
The first phase will consist of building a 400-metre quay and 250,000 square metre yard extension as well as the development of a free zone to create a new regional trading hub.
By Sam Bridge
Fri 12 Oct 2018 10:10 AM

Dubai-based DP World has announced that construction work has started on the development of the Berbera port in the Republic of Somaliland.

President of Somaliland, Muse Bihi Abdi, and DP World Group chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem launched the first phase of work.

The first phase will consist of building a 400-metre quay and 250,000 square metre yard extension as well as the development of a free zone to create a new regional trading hub.

DP World Berbera, the joint venture company, will also serve land locked countries in the Horn of Africa such as Ethiopia which has a 19 percent stake in the project as a shareholder.

Sulayem said: "This event is a landmark in the history of Somaliland and for DP World. We are delighted that construction work has begun and over the next few years we will see a transformation in the capacity of this major infrastructure asset that will benefit people both here and across the Horn of Africa.

"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 free zone will act as a catalyst for the growth of the country and the region’s economy and create jobs at many levels."

President Abdi added: "Today is a historic day as we mark another major milestone in the development of our economy and by investing in our infrastructure we will be able to grow for the benefit of our people, the region and beyond.

"The importance of the Port of Berbera as a Red Sea gateway for the Middle East and Africa can now be realised, unlocking our potential as a trade hub and creating jobs across the country."

Shafa Al Nahda Contracting has been awarded the construction contract for the port expansion, having previously been involved in the Port of Dakar expansion in Senegal as well the Port of Maputo expansion project in Mozambique.

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