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Ivory Coast starts the Construction of Second Container Terminal

9.10.2020

Ivory Coast started on October 3rd the construction of a new container terminal at the port of Abidjan, one of Africa's main and economic centers providing 90% of the country's foreign trade. 

The new infrastructure, will be able to accommodate, at the end of the works in 18 months, ships measuring 300 meters and carrying up to 15,000 containers, the largest which frequent the African coasts", announced the director from the port, Hien Sié.   For Mr. Sié, "the port will be equipped with infrastructure that will allow it to compete with other African ports already accommodating these ships which until then could not reach Abidjan". 

Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara, campaigning for his re-election to a controversial third term in the October 31 presidential election, laid the foundation stone for Côte d'Ivoire-Terminal. 

Owned by the Bolloré Ports and APM Terminal consortium, a subsidiary of the Maersk Group, the new terminal will cost a total of 600 billion FCFA (915 million euros), in a public-private partnership model in which the Ivorian State has invested more than 334 billion CFA francs (around 510 million euros). 

Some 600,000 containers are processed each year at the port of Abidjan, which has experienced growth of 12% per year since 2012, boosted by agricultural products - cocoa, bananas, rubber, cotton, mango, papaya, copra, cashew nuts - as well as major infrastructure works carried out in Côte d'Ivoire. 

 

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