UAE, Senegal in joint venture to build gateway port
By John Eche
The United Arab Emirates and the West African nation of Senegal are engaged in a joint venture to build a gateway port to West and North Africa, The Difference has learnt.
The initiative would see the UAE firm, DP World and Senegal cooperating in the establishment of the ports complex, which would also be part of a broader economic zone deal. Upon completion, the port, which has been named Port du Futur, and which is being located on the precincts of the Senegalese capital, Dakar would serve as gateway to West and North West Africa.
The project will be a far-reaching one that would transform and dvelop the site where it is located in the capital Dakar into a major logistics hub and gateway to west and north-west Africa, its principal promoters, Macky Sall, President of Senegal, and Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, said after a meeting in Abu Dhabi at the weekend.
“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…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,” Bin Saleyman reported at the end of the meeting.
Already, DP World is not a stranger to the region as it had operations in Senegal, Egypt, Mozambique, Somaliland, Rwanda, Algeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.