Newly Built Dire Dawa Dry Port and Terminal Inaugurated
ADDIS ABABA – The Dire Dawa Dry Port and Terminal built at a cost of 68 million Dollars in the eastern part of Ethiopia has been inaugurated.
The facility has the capacity to handle an incredible 128,000 containers per year and is linked to the main Ethio-Djibouti rail line.
Senior government officials from Ethiopia and Djibouti attended the grand inauguration on Thursday.
Finance Minister Ahmed Shide praised the new dry port and terminal as a “cargo gateway with a special emphasis on the eastern part of the country.”
The minister highlighted the port’s huge potential to become Ethiopia’s logistics hub, stating its proximity to Djibouti’s seaports will further enhance the efficiency of cargo transportation.
Not only will this new logistics hub generate more income for the country and reduce foreign currency expenditures, but it will also create jobs and stimulate economic growth, officials say.
The Dry Port, built on 34.1 hectares of land, incorporates office buildings, a warehouse, a container terminal, and 10 hectares of internal concrete road.
This state-of-the-art facility would “revolutionize the country’s cargo transportation and bring a significant boost to the overall economy,” as per the Ministry of Foreign affairs.