ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopia’s Agriculture Minister Oumer Hussein and Djibouti’s Transport Minister Moussa Mohamed Ahmed have attended the inauguration ceremony of a major livestock terminal inside Dorale Multipurpose Port (DMP) on Sunday.
During the event, the minister Oumer underscored the huge benefit of the new livestock terminal saying it will prop up Ethiopia’s livestock export.
Ethiopia, which has one of the largest livestock populations in Africa, wants to improve its livestock export which the agriculture minister believes “has huge potential to reduce poverty, promote food security, increase high-value exports, and bring in valuable foreign exchange”.
The area the new terminal is resting would lessen the challenges exporters facing in ensuring safe and timely delivery as well as direct export without the need to pass another certification in Djibouti, said the minister, adding the governing is putting in place “the necessary policies and mechanism to hone the capacity of the sector”.
The Minister has expressed Ethiopia’s gratitude to the Government of Djibouti in general and the authorities of DMP in particular, saying they have demonstrated commitments and translating it into action in such a way that the Ethio-Djibouti relations could meaningfully take an upward trajectory.
Djibouti handles roughly 95 percent of all inbound trade for landlocked Ethiopia, Africa’s second most-populous nation and an economic power in East Africa.
Apart from handling Ethiopia’s export trade, the DMP is a major gate for various key commodities such as fertilizers.
Ethiopia is expected to import 1.8 millions metric tons of fertilizers in the current 2020/21 fiscal year mostly through Djibouti port.
During his stay in Djibouti, the agriculture minister held discussions with port officials “on the need to scale up endeavors and work in a concerted manner to ensure the timely transport of bulk cargo”, according to Foreign Ministry’s statement.
It was noted that the quick adjustments made to correct shortcoming from the previous years in increasing the bagging capacity, and enhancing equipments; refurbishing machines and calibrations, etc from the Djiboutian side is commendable.
“The two sides appreciated the progress being made so far and called for the need to further boost efforts at a Joint committee level that has been meeting on a daily basis,” the statement reads.