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Ethiopia looks to ports in Kenya , Somaliland and Sudan to increase imports and exports

Published on June 18, 2015

As part of a new national strategy, Ethiopia will begin using ports in Kenya, Somaliland and Sudan in order to increase trade volume. This strategy will decrease Ethiopia’s current policy of relying solely on the Port of Djibouti. In a move supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ethiopia will begin using Mombasa Port in Kenya, Berbera Port in Somaliland, and Port Sudan in Sudan. In addition, Ethiopia will continue to utilize Djibouti port.

The use by Ethiopia o f Mombasa Port will serve as an outlet for goods mainly from the southern part of Ethiopia. Using the port and the Mombasa Corridor will also connect Ethiopia to the markets of the East African Community (EAC). Road work is underway in Ethiopia and will connect to Kenya’s fully paved roads leading to Mombasa Port. The approval process is also underway in Kenya to widen the road from four to six lanes from Mariakani to Mombasa. At least some of the Ethiopian goods destined for export markets will make use of the expanding port facilities in Mombasa. Read more. Source | Somalilandpress