DP World to build new African port and gateway

Africa, elements of this image furnished by NASA

DP World will soon finalize plans on the construction of a new port and economic zone in Dakar, Senegal.

DP World Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said he met Senegal’s President Macky Sall and discussed the plans for the new port and zone.

He said it will be a “key gateway to west and northwest Africa” with the subsequent economic zone will “create a hub for African exporters and importers”.

The announcement comes after DP World had what it described as a “challenging” 2019 in its annual financial results, a story Port Technology International (PTI) reported on.

While its throughput was generally “flat”, it saw robust growth in Africa. Dakar is one of seven terminals DP World has concession agreements in place in Africa, the others being Kigali, Algiers, Djen-Djen, Sokhna, Berbera, Maputo and Doreleh.

In mid-January 2020, DP World won a sixth court ruling against the government of Djibouti in the dispute over the Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT).

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