Djibouti Ends Dubai’s DP World Contract to Run Container Terminal

In this Feb. 7, 2009 file photo, Djibouti men and women dance during the opening ceremony of Dubai-based port operator DP World's Doraleh container terminal in Djibouti port. Djibouti has seized control of the terminal run by DP World, the latest move in a long-running legal dispute between the East African nation and DP World over the facility. (AP Photo/Adam Schreck, File)
Djibouti has ended a contract with Dubai’s DP World, one of the world’s biggest port operators, to run its Doraleh Container Terminal, the president’s office said on Thursday.
“The Republic of Djibouti has decided to proceed with the unilateral termination with immediate effect of the concession contract awarded to DP World,” the office of President Ismail Omar Guelleh said in a statement.
Last February, the London Court of International Arbitration cleared DP World of all charges of misconduct over a concession to operate the terminal, Dubai’s government said at the time.
In 2014, the government of Djibouti lodged claims accusing DP World, majority-owned by the Dubai government, of illegal payments to secure a 50-year concession for the Doraleh Container Terminal, the Dubai government said.
The president’s office said the contract was ended after the failure to resolve a long-running dispute between the two parties that started in 2012.
It gave no other details on the nature of the dispute, but said it took the decision to protect its “national sovereignty and economic independence.”
“It should be noted that the Doraleh Container Terminal (DCT) will now be under the authority of the Doraleh Container Terminal Management Company which is fully owned by the government,” the statement said.
A DP World spokesperson was not immediately available to comment.
Reporting by Abdourahim Arteh; Additional reporting by Alexander Cornwell in London; Writing by George Obulutsa

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