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Bin Sulayem at the panel discussion with Sall and Mahatir Mohammed.

Removal of barriers, connectivity key to Africa's future: DP World

DUBAI, January 19, 2019

The key to improving prosperity and economic development in African region lies in the removal of barriers, increased connectivity between nations and infrastructure development, said a top official of DP World, a global operator of shipping terminals based in Dubai.
“We believe in the viability of Africa, we believe in investing in the continent during our investment in Senegal we improved efficiency and volumes 135 per cent in 10 years,” remarked Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem.
He was speaking at the Africa Emergence Conference 2019 held in Dakar, Senegal.
Addressing a panel on how private institutions can help support emergence in Africa with President Macky Sall of Senegal and Prime Minister Mahatir Mohammed of Malaysia Bin Sulayem explained how economic emergence was dependent on increasing inter African trade and infrastructure development.
"The removal of trade barriers is very important. In Africa, tariffs are 50 per cent higher in than in Latin America and Asia," he said. 
“Intra regional trade in Africa is only 12 per cent while in Europe, Asia and Latin America is over 50 per cent, we need to improve this to prosper,” he added.
Bin Sulayem reiterated the company’s commitment to supporting the economic growth of Senegal and developing Dakar into a major logistics hub and gateway for West Africa.
He stressed that as a smart trade enabler, DP World has the extensive expertise and know-how that could help African countries realise their trade and infrastructure goals, while assisting countries to address national ports and logistics infrastructure challenges.
He also highlighted the importance of developing a logistics infrastructure reflecting DP World’s activities in Rwanda and Mali.
“We believe in connecting landlocked nations to the world and international markets. Our logistics park in Rwanda will reduce costs across the country and region,” he said. 
“The price of container moving from Shanghai to an East African port is anywhere between $500 to $1000, the price of same container from the port to Kigali is $5000,” he added.
Sall told the audience that DP World had helped in the development of Senegal.
“What the CEO said is the truth, in Senegal we have experienced a change because DP World was present before I became President with a concession of 25 years at the Port  of Dakar,” he stated.
He pointed out that the government had a consolidation of DP World’s presence and were working together finalise new port investments by DP World in Senegal.
“Country stability is essential but also the stability of the contracts between the a state and the private sector to develop foreign investment. It is evident that the public investment cannot satisfy the basic needs of the population so we need to work with private sector,” he added.
DP World has operations in Senegal, Egypt, Mozambique, Somaliland, Rwanda and Algeria and has recently signed an agreement with the Republic Mali to develop a logistics platform and the Democratic Republic of Congo for the countries first deep-sea port.-TradeArabia News Service


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