The president of the Republic, H.E. Mr. Ismail Omar Guelleh, oversaw the inauguration of the “Doraleh Multipurpose Port” on May 24, 2017. The commissioning of this multipurpose port will create more jobs, multiply related of related activities and other factors of social development.

The President of the Republic, H.E. Mr. Ismail Omar Guelleh preceded the official start-up of the Doraleh Multipurpose Port (DMP) activities. Also in attendance of the inauguration ceremony was the Somali president, H.E. Mr. Mohamed Abdillahi Formajo, in Djibouti for an official visit, the First Lady and president of the UNFD, government officials, parliamentarians and several civilians and military.

The inauguration of the DMP, flagship of the port infrastructures shows the country’s determination to become a natural hub for logistics and transport, providing more jobs multiplying opportunities for related activities and other factors for social development.

A Transforming maritime commerce
This 690 hectare port is equipped with ultramodern installations capable of hosting 100,000 TPL vessels. The outcome of this project will provide a new perspective on the process for further national development. This site was launched in 2015 at an estimated USD 590 million and was jointly financed by the Port of Authority and Free Zones Djibouti and China Merchant Holding (SCHL). This top-notch port installation was manufactured by the Chinese firm ZPMC and is already been used by several naval vessels.

An emerging hub
DMP is the last in a series of mega projects in Djibouti including 4 new ports, a naturally liquefied gas industry, a petroleum terminal and two new airports. These will considerably enlarge Djibouti’s capacity to serve as platform and commercial center for the region. In addition to that is the 752 km railway connecting the Ethiopian capital to the port of Djibouti.

Djibouti is located at the center of global commercial routes connecting Asia, Africa and Europe. The port serves as a gateway to one of the world’s most frequented countries, with almost 30,000 vessels passing through the port every year. Asian products account for 59% of the total, 21% from Europe and 16% from other African countries.

Aboubakar Omar Hadi, President of the Port Authority and Free Zones during the opening ceremony said, “Thanks to this world-class infrastructure, Djibouti is reaffirming its role as the continent’s major commercial center. We are proud to show the world our ability to construct and run major infrastructural projects–among the more technologically advanced countries in the continent.”