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"We are going to deploy twocargo trains within three weeks and each cargo hasthe capacity of transporting 100 containers per day," Sigad told the press at his office situated on the banks of the sea port.
For many years, failure by importers to collect their goods on time, a shortage of transportation trucks as well as mismanagement of containershas congested the Port of Djibouti; costing Ethiopia hugely forcing subsequent measures to introduce dry ports facilities such as Modjo Dry Port to alleviate the problem.
Even though at time overwhelming, the port, which is managed by SGTD, is still delivering to Ethiopia. Nevertheless, Djibouti’s government has now focused on the expansion of its port services to boost the economy and take a leading role in the region’s trade and logistic activities.
According to port officials, they are planning to expand their port services for other landlocked countries in the region mainly to South Sudan, Rwanda and Burundi.
It is to be recalled that SGTD took over the administration of the port from DP World.
DP World previously managed the Doraleh Container Terminal with a minority share.But the Dubai based firm and the Government of Djibouti interned into a disagreementresulting in the unexpected cancellationof the contract.
DP World consequently took the Djibouti government to the London Court of International Arbitration, which ruled last August that the contract was valid and binding.