Djibouti unveils wind-powered desalination plant

DJIBOUTI – French group Eiffage, via its subsidiary Eiffage genie civil, in partnership with Tedagua, a Spanish company specialising in water treatment and a subsidiary of the Cobra group, have constructed a wind powered solar desalination plant in Djibouti. The plant will improve the supply of drinking water in this country in the Horn of Africa, which faces persistent water stress. The seawater desalination plant was inaugurated on March 14th, 2021 by Djibouti’s president, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh. The plant is powered by a nearby wind farm and is one of…

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Power producer KenGen wins US$6.5m tender to drill geothermal wells in Djibouti

DJIBOUTI – Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen) has won yet another international contract to drill three geothermal wells in Djibouti. The geothermal power producer has signed US$6.48 million contract with Office Djiboutien De Development De lenergie Geothermique at a ceremony, in Galla Le Koma, Djibouti which was attended by Kenya’s Energy Cabinet Secretary, Hon. Charles Keter, and KenGen Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Rebecca Miano. Speaking during the event, Keter pointed out that African nations shared the common aspiration of delivering electricity to their people. “Although energy access policies have continued…

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Ethiopian Airlines, Djibouti Port & Free Zones Authority to introduce freight transport service

DJIBOUTI – Ethiopian Airlines and the Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority (DPFZA) have agreed to launch a freight transport service, which aims to transport more than 400,000 tonnes of goods, mainly from China to Africa, according to African Aerospace. The agreement will help the Ethiopian Airlines to double its existing cargo service. The investment agreement between Great Horn Investment Holding and China Merchants was signed in late 2020. The project represents the final stage in the implementation of the Port-Park-City concept – the full integration of ports, industrial parks, and…

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Accor signs three properties in Djibouti, grows Africa portfolio

DJIBOUTI – Global augmented hospitality group, Accor is expanding its footprint in Africa after signing a management agreement with Kamak Investment to manage its first properties in Djibouti. As part of its ongoing development strategy to expand its presence in sub-Saharan Africa, Accor is setting foot for the first time in Djibouti, with the launch of three hotels under three different brands, namely Pullman Living, Novotel and MGallery. The group is partnering with Kamaj Investments. Initially created as a real estate agency the founder, Houssein Mahamdoud Robleh diversified his business…

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Djibouti launches port regeneration project

DJIBOUTI – The government of Djibouti through the Djibouti Ports and Free Zone Authority (DPFZA) has launched the Port of Djibouti regeneration project to turn the Historical Port of Djibouti into an international business district dubbed the East Africa International Special Business Zone. In a statement, the DPFZA noted that the regeneration project will take place in six phases. The first will see the creation of the International Demonstration Area, a 220,500m2 area that will include an exhibition center and a center of excellence for maritime studies as well as conference…

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Djibouti’s Tadjoura port begins serving Ethiopia

DJIBOUTI – The new Tadjoura Port of Djibouti has begun serving northern Ethiopian regions allowing the country to import and export non-containerized goods, says the Ministry of Transport of Ethiopia. The Port is designed to handle non-containerized goods such as coal, steel, potash and such. According to the Ministry of Transport of Ethiopia, the Port handled its first shipment of some 25,000 metric tons of steel last month. A few weeks ago, Ethiopia also used Tadjoura Port to import 50,000 metric tons of coal and two ships with over 25,000…

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Djibouti inaugurates Sovereign Fund to turbocharge country’s development

DJIBOUTI – Djibouti, one of the smallest country’s country in continental Africa by land mass and population size, has inaugrated the Djibouti Sovereign Fund (Fonds Souverain de Djibouti – FSD) aimed at turbocharging the country’s development. The activities of the Djibouti Sovereign Fund were officially launched in September at presidential palace in the capital. The launch follows the implementation decrees promulgated in June during a special inter-ministerial committee officiated by the Djiboutian President Ismaël Omar Guelleh. During the inter-ministerial committee, the Djibouti Cabinet also had an opportunity to formalize the…

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Djibouti launches sovereign fund to achieve its development goals

DJIBOUTI – The Republic of Djibouti has announced the creation of the Djibouti Sovereign Fund (Fonds Souverain de Djibouti – FSD) following the enactment of a law dated 29 March 2020 and the promulgation of the implementing decrees on 24th June 2020. Established in the form of a public limited company under private law whose sole shareholder is and will remain the State of Djibouti, the Fund belongs to all Djiboutians. Its purpose and missions are fully aligned with the country’s development goals. It is aimed at gathering national wealth…

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Djibouti’s Shipping Company acquires second vessel for US$7 million

DJIBOUTI – Djibouti National Shipping Company has acquired its second container ship through an investment of US$7 million. The company, which was formed under the Djibouti Ports & Free Zone Authority (DPFZA) with US$7 million in capital, acquired the vessel from Greece. Named African Sun, the 14-year-old vessel has the capacity to transport 1,118 containers. African Sun will be the company’s second vessel, which previously procured an oil tanker. The vessel, which used to be called Asian Sun, was sailing under the flag of Cyprus, an island in the eastern…

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FAO receives additional US$30.9m to fight desert locust outbreak

EAST AFRICA – FAO Director-General QU Dongyu welcomed an €11 million (US$12.1m) contribution from the European Union and €17 million (US$18.8m) contribution from Germany as the UN agency steps up efforts to fight the Desert Locust upsurge which has now spread from East Africa to the Persian Gulf. Germany’s Permanent Representative to FAO, Ulrich Seidenberger, made the announcement at FAO headquarters in Rome. The new pledge comes after Germany already contributed €3 million (US$3.3m). The European Commission announced €10 million (US$11m) would come from the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International…

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