South Sudan has purchased a bit of land in Djibouti for the building of a harbour in its newest effort to seek out a substitute for the port of Mombasa which is dealing with an onslaught from Dar-es-Salaam.
South Sudan has purchased three acres of land on the port of Djibouti for the building of a facility that can deal with its import and export items as Juba seeks to reduce reliance on the Mombasa port in Kenya.
The newest improvement comes simply two months after the Chamber of Commerce in South Sudan stated it would shift its cargo to the port of Djibouti, which it termed as handy for the Africa’s youngest State.
“We have been only using Port Sudan and Mombasa but recently, we have decided to go to Djibouti and as I am speaking to you, we have land in Djibouti,” South Sudan Minister for Petroleum Puot Kang Chol is quoted by native media.
The minister stated the land was procured by the Ministry of Petroleum for the objective of exporting the nation’s crude oil as nicely as apply it to imported items. If effected, the transfer will hit the port of Mombasa provided that Juba is one among Kenya’s largest purchasers.
Mombasa has been the foremost route for all consignments destined to the landlocked nation with South Sudan importing almost all of its cargo by the Kenyan port.
Mr Chol stated they had been able to facilitate and inventory items destined for South Sudan by Djibouti.
“If any of you have goods, and you want to bring them through Djibouti, we have a land, we will have a space for you to accommodate your materials [or] whatever you want to bring,” stated the official.
South Sudan is the second nation by way of cargo throughput volumes on the Mombasa port after Uganda, accounting for 9.9 % of transit volumes. Uganda accounts for 83 % of all throughput cargo adopted by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Tanzania and Rwanda at 7.2, 3.2 and a pair of.4 % in that order.
Kenya Ports Authority managing director John Mwangemi stated South Sudan is one among their largest purchasers however they will select a most popular facility. “I am not aware of the development in South Sudan but the government there can make a choice on which port to use,” stated Mr Mwangemi.
The announcement by South Sudan comes simply a number of days after President William Ruto issued a directive for all inbound cargo to be cleared in Mombasa, dealing a blow to the Inland Container Depot (ICD) in Naivasha.
Kenya allotted South Sudan land in Naivasha for the building of a dry port, which might see items destined to Juba cleared on the ICD facility to avoid wasting truckers the lengthy journey to Mombasa. Kenya has additionally allotted a bit of land to Uganda to clear its items in Naivasha.
Dr Ruto promised in the course of the election campaigns to return the port providers to Mombasa if elected as President within the August election.