Dubai port operator DP World has revealed it is in talks about developing a trade and logistics master plan to unlock Mali’s economic potential.
The plan includes a transportation and logistics strategy with electronic customs processes, replicating DP World’s model with Dubai Trade at its flagship Jebel Ali Port and Freezone in Dubai.
Regional trade in West Africa connects through ports such as DP World Dakar in Senegal to international markets.
The plan follows a meeting between DP World Group chairman and CEO, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, and the President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, last week.
Bin Sulayem said: “Mali has a long history of trade in gold and agricultural products and though landlocked, has the opportunity to maximise use of its 1,800 kilometres of inland waterways such as the Niger River to connect local farmers and businesses to international markets.
“We have the experience of operating in 40 countries in a wide variety of locations including the management of coastal terminals, inland container depots and moving cargo on rivers. Our experience in the development of infrastructure and multi-modal transport is proving of value to governments in Africa as they seek to develop the trading capacity of their economies.”
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