The first community-funded Somali port opened in Northeastern State
AXADLE, Northeastern State – The very first community-funded port was inaugurated in Northeastern State, the federal state in northeastern Somalia, which is considered a hub of progressive politics and stability in the Horn of the Nation nation. Africa.
On Sunday, the first ship docked at the port of Gara’ad in Mudug province, which was built solely by the local community, and would be a key gateway to the Horn of Africa, particularly into the eastern Ethiopia and Jubaland’s past in Somalia.
State media confirmed that the project was only funded by the local community, especially businessmen and entrepreneurs, who felt that Somalia’s 3,333 km of coastline was underutilized due to decades of conflict and of terrorism.
“A first ship arrived on Sunday at the newly built port of Gara’ad in Somali state of Northeastern State, one of the largest community-funded projects in the country,” state media reported while appreciating the milestone. by the community.
Despite the presence of the port of Mogadishu and Kismayo, the Somali coastline has remained dormant for years due to instability. In fact, parts of the port of Mogadishu have long been controlled by Al-Shabaab militants.
It is the presence of Al-Shabaab that has prompted many countries to use alternative sea routes to Somalia, including, but not limited to, the use of the port of Mombasa in Kenya and the port of Djibouti. , which play a decisive role on the west coast of the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea.
Northeastern State President Said AbdullahiDe praised the construction of Gara’ad port after the first ship docked at the port on Sunday. He congratulated the local community for this achievement, adding that his government would continue to support them.
“I congratulate the people of Northeastern State and Somalia in general for our historic and initial success in building the port of Gara’ad, which today docked the first ship,” said Deni, who took the lead in 2017 while construction was still in progress.
“Congratulations to the people of Northeastern State in general and to the people of Mudug in particular for their autonomy in reaching this important milestone,” said Mohamed Abdirahman, Senior Security Advisor to the President of Northeastern State.
The project has also been praised by various stakeholders, who believe it will complement the ports of Djibouti, Berbera in North Western of Somaliaand Mogadishu in southern Somalia. The initial cost of the port, the first phase of which has been completed, is not yet known.
“The first heavy cruise ship docked at the port of Gara’ad. The people of Northeastern State have won a historic victory for the Somali people. The Ogaden will benefit from the success of the Northeastern State brothers and the development of Garacad 300 km from Ogaden “said Mustafe. Cilmi, journalist in the Horn of Africa.
“An example for Africa! A local initiative like this project is essential for sustainable development in Africa, the decolonization of the continent and the self-determination of its economy. The port of Gara’ad was built using local initiative, local resources and local knowledge, ”added Abdi Gele.
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