Djibouti Opens New Port for Ethiopia Potash Exports

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June 17, 2017 – Djibouti on Thursday inaugurated a new port that will serve as the main gateway for potash exports from neighouring Ethiopia, the second of four new ports that will boost the tiny Horn of Africa nation’s position as a continental hub, according to Reuters.

The port in the small fishing town of Tadjourah in the north of the country is the closest outlet for Ethiopia’s Afar and Tigray regions, where a number of foreign companies are developing potash mines.

Built at a cost of $90 million, the port has capacity of 4 million tonnes of potash a year.

“Ultimately, 35 percent of the volume of goods destined for Ethiopia can be unloaded here,” the Chairman of Ports and Free Trade Zones, Aboubaker Hadi, told Reuters.

“It is, therefore, a major port for the entire region.”

The inauguration comes a month after the country’s Doraleh multipurpose port was upgraded as part of a Chinese-backed plan to establish Africa’s largest free-trade zone, with the ability to handle goods worth $7 billion a year.

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Doraleh’s bulk terminal can handle 2 million tons of cargo a year and offers space to store 100,000 tons of fertiliser and 100,000 tons of grain, plus warehouses for other goods.

The new infrastructure will supplement the country’s main port in Djibouti City, which handles roughly 95 percent of the inbound trade for landlocked Ethiopia, Africa’s second most-populous nation. Djibouti Port mainly handles goods from Asia, representing nearly 60 percent of traffic that increased by 20 percent to 5.7 million tonnes in 2015.

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  1. You go, Djibouti!!! The last I was there was in the 1960’s during my vacation. It was still a French territory. From there I took a train to Dire. Very friendly people! It is at the top of my bucket list to go back there with my granddaughter in tow to once again take a train ride from Djibouti to Dire and all the way to Addis(Fifine). I will definitely make an overnight stop overs at those stations like Afdem(Aware), Asabot, Arbaa(Bordode) and Awash. I hope there are lodges at all these railway stations. Those stations are the places of my indelible childhood memories. The old train used to stop over at those stations during those days. I also hope that the new train system will publish trip information with all the stop overs online to help us all in planning our nostalgic journey. I will keep googling for the latest information. If someone pitch in here and tell me the name of the new railway system, it would be greatly appreciated.

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