DP World to apply Dubai logistics and transport strategy in Mali
DP World has met with the government of Mali to develop a transportation and logistics strategy that would replicate the model employed at its Jebel Ali Port
DP World has announced that it is in talks to develop a trade and logistics master plan for Mali.
In a statement, the UAE-headquartered port operator revealed that its group chairman and chief executive officer, Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, has met with Mali President, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta.
The master plan reportedly includes a transportation and logistics strategy with electronic customs processes, which would replicate the model that DP World has employed with Dubai Trade at its flagship Jebel Ali Port and Freezone in Dubai.
Regional trade in West Africa connects through ports like DP World Dakar in Senegal to international markets, according to the company.
Commenting on the company’s partnership with the African country, Bin Sulayem, said: “Mali has a long history of trade in gold and agricultural products and, though landlocked, has the opportunity to maximise use of its 1,800km of inland waterways, such as the Niger River, to connect local farmers and businesses to international markets.
“We have the experience of operating in 40 countries in a wide variety of locations including the management of coastal terminals, inland container depots (ICDs) and moving cargo on rivers. Our experience in the development of infrastructure and multi-modal transport is proving of value to governments in Africa as they seek to develop the trading capacity of their economies.”
He added: “We are also supporting the UAE’s Centennial Vision 2071 published recently, which encourages the exporting of our national services to the world with our role as a knowledge exporter and trade ambassador for the country perfectly suited for this strategy.
“Our flagship Jebel Ali model in Dubai, connecting port, freezone, customs processes, and logistics, supported by advanced digital systems and technologies, is [an] example that countries in Afric,a such as Mali, can benefit from.
“President Keïta welcomed our proposals and we look forward to building on our relationship further,” he concluded.