By Bernd Debusmann Jr
The project is designed to transform Dakar into a major logistics hub and gateway to west and north-west Africa
Dubai-based ports operator DP World will soon finalise agreements on the construction of a new port and economic zone in the Senegalese capita of Dakar, it was announced on Sunday.
According to the UAE’s state-run WAM news agency, the project is designed to transform Dakar into a major logistics hub and gateway to west and north-west Africa.
The announcement was made following a meeting between Senegalese president Macky Sall and DP World group Chairman Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem.
.@DP_World will soon be finalising agreements on the construction of a new port and economic zone in Dakar. The project will support the economic growth of Senegal. The announcement was made following a meeting between Macky Sall, President of Senegal, and @ssulayem. pic.twitter.com/aWBZUhOJJg— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) February 9, 2020
“The economic zone in Dakar will serve as a great aggregator of cargo, creating a hub for African exporters and importers and generating value for Senegal and businesses in the region,” said Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem.
“We discussed the great progress of the Senegalese economy and the role DP World can play in the development of a port and economic zone serving west and north-west Africa,” he added.
DP World has designed a master plan for the development of Port de Futur, which will see it develop a multi-purpose port including economic and logistics zones adjacent to the new Blaise Diagne International Airport.
As part of the agreement, DP World will be responsible for the development of the initial phase of the port, constructing a modern north-west container terminal capable of handling the largest container vessels in operation today.
DP World currently has operations in Senegal, Egypt, Mozambique, Somaliland, Rwanda, Algeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.