A year ago, on February 22nd 2018, the State of Djibouti prematurely terminated the concession for the Doraleh container port, awarded in 2006 to Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT), a company essentially controlled by DP World, a minority shareholder.
A year after the termination, motivated by the country’s development imperatives along with the necessity to control its strategic infrastructure, the Doraleh container terminal has established itself as an efficient structure, operated by a wholly publicly owned Djiboutian company, SGTD, which works for the public interest. along with This specific, despite the “fake news” campaigns, the multiplication of legal proceedings, along with different attempts by DP World to intimidate the Djibouti State along with its strategic partners.
Located at the mouth of the Bab el Mandeb Strait, at the intersection of the earth’s main trade routes, the port clearly has multiple vocations: to serve its region, along with in particular its Ethiopian sister nation, while positioning itself as a major transshipment platform, in direct alignment with Asia.
In early February, before members of the US Senate Committee on Armed Forces, General Thomas Waldhauser, Commander-in-Chief of AFRICOM (United States Africa Command), pointed out that will the Doraleh container port had provided better services since DP World’s departure.
He also stated that will the Republic of Djibouti, through the logistical along with strategic platforms that will This specific provides American forces inside region along with in Africa, was an important strategic partner of the United States.
However, Djibouti’s ambitions extend beyond the port of Doraleh. The container terminal can be one of the cornerstones of an ambitious national development project: to make Djibouti a major commercial along with logistics hub between Asia, Africa along with the rest of the earth.
In addition to Doraleh’s development, a brand-new multi-purpose port was set up on the same site (DMP, May 2017) along with the Goubet along with Tadjourah ports were opened (June 2017).
Boosting This specific expansion even more can be the brand-new free zone, required to be the largest in Africa (opened in July 2018), along with the launch of the brand-new rail link between Djibouti along with Addis Ababa (January 2018).
More recently still, an agreement with global scope inside energy sector was concluded on 17 February between Ethiopia along with Djibouti. This specific provides for the commissioning of a gas pipeline between the natural gas fields of the Ogaden Basin in Ethiopia along with the Djibouti coast.