DP World and Somalia’s Government of Puntland signed a construction agreement for expansion and upgrade work at the Port of Bosaso.
The agreement was signed in Dubai on 8 December and suggests a 12-month project, which is expected to start in early 2023, which will include the development of a 150-metre quay, as well as repairs to the current 215-metre quay.
Other infrastructure works will include the development of a new 3,000 m² container yard, and a 4,000 m² container stripping yard. The gate area to the port will also be upgraded to improve access control.
The aim of the port is to handle container vessels and attract more direct calls from feeder ships from Dubai and other regional hubs.
Ahmed Yaasiin Saalah, Puntland’s minister of ports and maritime transport, commented, “The expansion and upgrade of the Port of Bosaso is key to Puntland’s economic growth, which will benefit not just the people of the state, but also Somalia and the Horn of Africa. It will ensure the region is further integrated into the global trade ecosystem, as a bigger, more efficient port with the ability to receive container vessels, will facilitate increased trade.”
The cooperation deal was inked by Ahmed Yaasiin Saalah, Puntland’s minister of ports and maritime transport, and Suhail Albanna, DP World’s CEO and managing director, Middle East and Africa, in the presence of Abdurazak Ali Seid, governor of the Bari region, Hassan Abdalle Buhe, mayor of Bosaso, Dr. Abdifatah nour Ahmed, state minister of information and communication- Puntland state of Somalia, Ali Omar Arshe, deputy minister revenue of Finance, Jama Salad Mohamoud, Puntland chamber of commerce and Hassan Abdullahi, representative of the office of Puntland’s President.