Somaliland:A first hand account of DP World’s Somaliland operations

Image Credit: Reuters A ship is docked at the Berbera port in Somalia. The Berbera free zone project is expected to support the growth of Berbera as a regional trading hub and generate jobs.

DP World’s role in two African ports has drawn a lot of attention recently.

In Djibouti, the government illegally seized control of the Doraleh Container Terminal from a DP World-owned entity after the government lost in the Court of International Arbitration in London.

Then Somalia attempted to ban DP World’s operations at Berbera Port in Somaliland, a breakaway republic to the east. The attempt failed, and DP World is still working closely with the Somaliland government to develop the port into a major trade hub on the Horn of Africa.

Gulf News recently sent Omar Shariff, the Deputy GCC/Middle East Editor, to Somaliland to view the port and talk to Muse Bihi Abdi, the President of Somaliland, and Dr Sa’ad Ali Shire, the foreign minister.

Omar comes on Dirhams & Dollars to tell us about his experience visiting the country.



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