South Sudan to utilize Djibouti Port to import commodities from international markets.
South Sudan intends to utilize Djibouti Port to import commodities from international markets.
Lado Lukak Legge, Deputy Chairperson of the Chamber of Commerce, said that preparations are in the works to shift commerce from Mombasa to Djibouti.
“We are in negotiations with Djibouti authorities to link Djibouti, Ethiopia, and South Sudan so that we may access Djibouti port via Ethiopia,” Lukak said on Thursday during an embassy networking business conference for Ethiopian businessmen.
According to Lukak, importing products via Djibouti port will be simpler and less expensive.
“Djibouti is closer to South Sudan than Mombasa Port in Kenya, and the Djiboutian administration is eager to increase commercial links with South Sudan and Ethiopia,”
Lukak urged the governments of Djibouti, Ethiopia, and South Sudan to create highways connecting their nations to facilitate commodities traffic.
“We want highways connecting Djibouti to Ethiopia and South Sudan so that we may utilize Djibouti port to lessen our reliance on Kenya’s Mombasa.”
“We would urge both governments to expand their bilateral connections and allow South Sudan to utilize the Port of Djibouti to export products and other critical commodities.”
South Sudan obtains a large portion of its imports from Kenya’s port of Mombasa through Uganda.
Traders’ firms have long complained about losses caused by the port’s congestion.