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While Ethiopian officials failed to show up at the contract award and signing ceremony of the USD 101 million Berbera Port phase one expansion project, DP World, UAE’s port and terminal operating company has expressed its interests in developing logistical trade facilities at Dire Dawa and the surrounding areas in Ethiopia serving the so called Berbera Trade Corridor.
Launching the initial port expansion project and signing the construction contract agreement on Thursday, in Hargesa, Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DP World, told reporters that DP World is looking at its options to develop a logistic facility in Ethiopia especially pursuant to the recent decision of the government of Ethiopia to privatize its assets in the logistics sector.
Hence, the Emiratis said that they will study the potentials of Dire Dawa and the surrounding areas for logistics trade development.
According to Sulayem, there is an ongoing feasibility study across the Berbera corridor which is deemed to become a regional hub in the Horn of Africa that could link the red sea to Europe and the Far-East. In his remarks to the audiences that witnessed the contract signing, the chairman mentioned that without even building a new port facility, cargo shipment has increased at Berbera simply “by adding equipment, by organizing, and by giving shipping lines the confidence and the assurance that we will handle it fast”.