DP World is developing a transport and logistics strategy for landlocked Mali, aiming to replicate its home model with Dubai Trade, Jebel Ali Port and Freezone in Dubai.
Regional trade in West Africa connects through ports such as DP World Dakar in Senegal to international markets.
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, DP World group chairman and CEO said: “Mali has a has a long history of trade in gold and agricultural products and though landlocked, has the opportunity to maximise use of its 1,800 km of inland waterways such as the Niger River to connect local farmers and businesses to international markets.”
According to Sulayem, the Dubai-based company’s experience in management of coastal terminals, inland container depots (ICD’s) and moving cargo on rivers is useful to African countries looking to grow their trading capacities.
“Our flagship Jebel Ali model in Dubai, connecting port, freezone, customs processes and logistics supported by advanced digital systems and technologies is a shining example that countries in Africa such as Mali can benefit from,” he added.