Ethiopia to Develop Two Dry Ports in Jima and Jigjiga

October 25, 2021

The Ethiopian Shipping and Logistics Service Enterprise (ESLSE) is conducting a feasibility assessment for the development of two dry ports in Jima and Jigjiga, each costing roughly one billion birr. The research is being carried out in partnership with the Ethiopian Maritime Affairs Authority (EMAA) Ethiopia need 35 dry ports, according to a study completed a few years ago. Despite this, only eight are now active, following the closure of Mekelle Dry Port in November 2020 due to the war that erupted in the region .The government has built dry ports in Dire Dawa, Modjo, Hawassa (under construction), Kombolcha, Woreta (which recently became operational), Mekelle (which is presently defunct), and Semera. Modjo, on the other hand, handles the majority of cargo destined for the central market. The master plan will comprise road, railway, water, aviation, and facilities that connect them, with the goal of elevating Dire Dawa, Hawassa, and Jima dry ports to the level of Modjo. Various nodes for integrating with adjacent nations are also included in the strategy. The phase one research for master plan input of this year looked at how surrounding countries wish to trade with Ethiopia via water logistics, roads, railways, airways, and other routes.

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