DP World Berbera has started the first phase of construction on the multi-purpose Berbera port in the Republic of Somaliland.
The first phase consists of building a 400 m quay, a 250,000 sq m yard extension and the development of a free zone with the aim to create a new regional trading hub.
DP World Berbera will serve landlocked countries in the Horn of Africa such as Ethiopia, which has a 19% stake as a shareholder in the project.
Shafa Al Nahda Contracting, a long term DP World partner, has been awarded the construction contract for the port expansion.
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, group chairman and CEO of DP World, said: “Over the next few years we will see a transformation in the capacity of this major infrastructure asset that will benefit both the people here and across the Horn of Africa, providing an alternative gateway to international markets and providing jobs to the people in Somaliland.
“This is all part of our vision to act as an enabler of trade and to encourage growth by helping African countries develop their economies with access to global markets.”
President of Somaliland Muse Bihi Abdi added: “Connecting to landlocked countries such as Ethiopia and the rest of the region will reinforce the firm relationships that now exist and make Somaliland an important player in the regional economic integration and growth.”