This now paves the way for DP World to begin construction within 12 months of the DRC’s first deep-sea port, which will be located at Banana along the country’s 37km coastline on the Atlantic Ocean.
The development of the Banana Port will bring significant cost and time savings for the country’s trade, as it will attract more direct calls from larger vessels from Asia and Europe.
In the presence of HE, Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi, President of the DRC, the agreement was signed in Kinshasa by Cherubin Okende Senga, Minister of Transport and Communication, Adele Kahinda Mayima, Minister of State for Portfolio, Nicolas Kazadi, Minister of Finance, Aime Boji, Minister of State for Budget, and Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World, and Suhail Al Banna, CEO and MD of Middle East and Africa Region.
“This port will transform the DRC into a trade hub in the region, and in particular, will benefit Kongo Central, a province which already has a port facility, with the creation of jobs, in addition to generating economic benefits and growth for our country,” said the President of the DRC Felix-Antoine Tshisekedi.
“Development of infrastructure is a priority for the UAE to build trade and economic bridges between the UAE and Africa. This port project is part of many initiatives to promote economic prosperity,” said the Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates, HE, Khalifa Shaheen Almarar, also attending the ceremony.
“This agreement represents the vision of His Excellency, President Tshisekedi, and DP World, to provide the DRC with a modern, world class port and logistics infrastructure to support the tremendous opportunities for trade in this country. The port will enhance the country’s export capabilities and give it affordable access to international markets,” commented Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and CEO of DP World.
DP World will develop an initial 600-metre quay with an 18m draught, capable of handling the largest vessels in operation. It will have a container handling capacity of about 450 000 teu per year, and a 30-hectare yard to store containers. The port will feature the latest technology and equipment.
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