Construction of Port de Futur in Dakar Senegal will begin in late 2018, DP World the UAE-based global marine terminal operator has announced.
Speaking while he met Senegalese president Macky Sall, DP World Group chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem said that upon completion Port de Futur will be one of the most advanced and well-organised free zones in Africa and globally.
It will also utilize cutting edge technology and equipment.
“Port de Futur will be very instrumental in providing seamless movement of cargo to neighbouring countries and over 200 million people in 16 landlocked African nations,” he said.
The port will be a multi-purpose port with an economic zone and a logistics zone that will be adjacent to the new Blaise Diagne International Airport.
Bin Sukayem notes that a region the size of west Africa needs elaborate transport system to realize its economic ambitions.
Bin Sulayem noted that the west African region has major trade potential, especially for landlocked nations seeking gateways to the sea and connectivity between them will be crucial.
“The size of the region and their populations reinforces the need for multi-modal transport, logistics and customs capabilities across borders and as our business moves the world across 40 countries we have the know-how to help in that mission,” he said.
“Our experience in the development of infrastructure and multi-modal transport is proving of value to governments in Africa as they seek to develop the trading capacity of their economies.” He explained.
“We are also supporting the UAE’s Centennial Vision 2071 published recently which encourages the exporting of our national services to the world with our role as a knowledge exporter and trade ambassador for the country perfectly suited for this strategy.
“In addition, we are already part of Africa’s future sharing our experience on cargo movement across the continent’s supply chain and have the experience to deliver major projects there,” noted the DP World chief.
DP World enjoys presence in Senegal, Egypt, Mozambique, Djibouti, Algeria and Somaliland where it is developing a multi-purpose port project at Berbera.