US$ 442m to upgrade Somaliland’s Berbera port
The upgrading process will involve building a 400-m quay with a 250,000-m2 yard, and supplying gantry cranes and reach stackers.
Somaliland’s ruling Kulmiye party chairman Muse Biihi confirmed the reports and said that their objective is to transform the Berbera port into a regional trans-shipment hub for East African countries and develop a free trade zone.
“We intend to transform the Berbera port into a regional trans-shipment hub for East African countries and develop a free trade zone,” Muse Biihi said.
He further added that DP World had signed a 30-year concession with a 10-year extension for management and development of the project. The company has a 65% stake in the venture.
This initiative is meant to make Berbera port more competitive against the Djibouti port for business around the Horn of Africa. Somaliland’s major trading partners are Kenya, Ethiopia, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Thailand, and Brazil, the Netherlands the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, Turkey, Malaysia and France.
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