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By Loucoumane Coulibaly
ABIDJAN (Reuters) – Ivory Coast has accomplished building of a second container terminal at its fundamental port in Abidjan, paving the best way for it to turn out to be a regional transport hub, officers stated late on Friday.
Port authorities stated the mission value about 596 billion CFA francs ($953 million) and was 85% financed by China’s Eximbank and 15% by the Ivorian state.
It’s a three way partnership between France’s Bollore and APM Terminals, a part of Denmark-based firm A.P. Moeller-Maersk.
The port in Abidjan already serves Ivory Coast, French-speaking West Africa’s largest economic system and the world’s high cocoa producer, and can also be a gateway for landlocked nations to the north.
The brand new container terminal will have the ability to obtain massive ships from Asia, Europe and America that beforehand needed to land items in South Africa, transferring them to smaller ships to achieve West Africa. It began operations on Nov. 1 however was formally unveiled at a press convention on Friday.
“We’re not a second port. We have gotten a hub,” stated Andre N’Doli, technical director of the terminal, known as Cote d’Ivoire Terminal (CIT).
“Along with nationwide site visitors, we’ll deal with site visitors from different ports that can’t accomodate massive vessels,” he advised reporters.
The terminal is anticipated to permit Abidjan to extend container site visitors to three million TEU containers from 1.2 million TEU containers per 12 months, port authorities stated.
($1 = 625.5000 CFA francs)