Djibouti News roundup

Posted on Mar 19 2018 - 7:51am by Editor

16 March 2018

 

 

China floods Africa with needed dollars, stoking U.S. concern
Japan Times
This article reports on the US response to ‘Chinese money flooding Africa’ with which the US says comes ‘dependency, exploitation and intrusion on nations’ basic sovereignty.’ Aside from the significant investments made by China into infrastructure projects, of concern is also Chinese military expansion with Djibouti cited as a case in point.

Rentrée des classes parlementaires à Djibouti
[Djibouti’s Parliament reconvenes]
RFI Afrique
A short article reports on Djibouti’s parliament reconvening as 65 MPs begin work following the elections of 23rd February 2018. Among the upcoming votes is that on port infrastructure also in light of the importance of industrialization and the need to reduce youth unemployment in Djibouti. Mentioned is the increased proportion of female MPs, as well as the lack of a ‘constructive’ opposition.

Djibouti welcomes China’s involvement in port development
Xinhua
Xinhua reports on Djibouti’s Finance Minister Ilyas Dawaleh saying in a ‘recent interview with media’ that the Djiboutian government ‘welcomes China’s greater involvement in the nation’s port development.’ The short article goes on to say that Dawaleh simultaneously dismissed US concerns about losing access to the Doraleh port. Djibouti’s President Guelleh’s state visit to China in late November 2017 is cited in conclusion, highlighting that the two countries ‘agreed to establish a strategic partnership to strengthen all-round cooperation.’

Ethiopia-Djibouti infrastructure projects hit 15 bln USD
Xinhua
Further reports by Xinhua focus on the development announced on Thursday that infrastructure work connecting Djibouti and Ethiopia has hit 15 billion US dollars. According to Meles Alem, spokesperson for the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the investment has helped in closely integrating the two countries.

Ethiopia hails economic importance of Chinese-built Ethiopia-Djibouti railway
Xinhua
Finally, Xinhua also reports on Ethiopia’s positive comments regarding the first two months of the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway made earlier this week. The project is to boost economic integration in light of a growing demand from Ethiopia’s trade activity. The project was contracted out by China Rail Engineering Corporation and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, the latter of which carried out the 436 km connection to the port in Djibouti. The same article has been posted onto AllAfrica.

Djibouti: The 24th Ethio-Djibouti Border Consultative Meeting Concluded
AllAfrica
Originally published via the Ethiopian News Agency, reported on are the outcomes of the annual Ethio-Djibouti Border Consultative Meeting. According to Suleiman Omer Abdulkadir, head of the Djiboutian delegation, the meeting ‘laid a solid ground towards resolving the two countries common problems.’ Discussed was also the importance of using infrastructural facilities for the mutual benefit of both countries.

Ethiopia: Efforts Underway to Link Dry Ports With Industrial Parks
Ethiopian Herald
Ethiopia has a number of projects underway to develop new ports and industrial parks to facilitate trade, with five dry ports being built along the route leading to the port of Djibouti. The Modjo dry port currently handles 80 per cent of Ethiopian trade along the Ethio-Djibouti trade corridor. Also reposted in AllAfrica.

Rex Tillerson came to Africa, saw and was fired
Vanguard Nigeria
Also reposted on AllAfrica, the article comments on Tillerson’s visit to Africa, citing US fears of a possible Chinese ‘advantage’ on the continent and in Djibouti specifically.

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DP World profits reach $1.2 billion as port operator expands
Washington post
The Washington Post reports on DP World’s profits having risen by 7 per cent to nearly $1.2 billion in 2017 as the company continues to expand internationally. It goes on to say that DP World has launched arbitration proceedings in the London Court of International Arbitration over the Doraleh Container Terminal. The port provides Ethiopia with over 95 per cent of Ethiopia’s imports, and according to DP World Chairman Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, the Ethiopian government is getting “nervous” about having just one main route for receiving imports. He is further cited as saying Djibouti’s nationalisation of the DCT is both “unfortunate” and “illegal.” According to Taimur Khan at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, “It’s clear that at some level DP World’s port operations, especially in Africa…is a component of the UEA state’s longer term goal of increasing its influence there with an eye to both security and strategic objectives as well as longer term economic interests in the region.”

China floods Africa with needed dollars, stoking U.S. concern
Japan Times
This article reports on the US response to ‘Chinese money flooding Africa’ with which the US says comes ‘dependency, exploitation and intrusion on nations’ basic sovereignty.’ Aside from the significant investments made by China into infrastructure projects, of concern is also Chinese military expansion with Djibouti cited as a case in point.

Rentrée des classes parlementaires à Djibouti
[Djibouti’s Parliament reconvenes]
RFI Afrique
A short article reports on Djibouti’s parliament reconvening as 65 MPs begin work following the elections of 23rd February 2018. Among the upcoming votes is that on port infrastructure also in light of the importance of industrialization and the need to reduce youth unemployment in Djibouti. Mentioned is the increased proportion of female MPs, as well as the lack of a ‘constructive’ opposition.

Djibouti welcomes China’s involvement in port development
Xinhua
Xinhua reports on Djibouti’s Finance Minister Ilyas Dawaleh saying in a ‘recent interview with media’ that the Djiboutian government ‘welcomes China’s greater involvement in the nation’s port development.’ The short article goes on to say that Dawaleh simultaneously dismissed US concerns about losing access to the Doraleh port. Djibouti’s President Guelleh’s state visit to China in late November 2017 is cited in conclusion, highlighting that the two countries ‘agreed to establish a strategic partnership to strengthen all-round cooperation.’

Ethiopia-Djibouti infrastructure projects hit 15 bln USD
Xinhua
Further reports by Xinhua focus on the development announced on Thursday that infrastructure work connecting Djibouti and Ethiopia has hit 15 billion US dollars. According to Meles Alem, spokesperson for the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the investment has helped in closely integrating the two countries.

Ethiopia hails economic importance of Chinese-built Ethiopia-Djibouti railway
Xinhua
Finally, Xinhua also reports on Ethiopia’s positive comments regarding the first two months of the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway made earlier this week. The project is to boost economic integration in light of a growing demand from Ethiopia’s trade activity. The project was contracted out by China Rail Engineering Corporation and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, the latter of which carried out the 436 km connection to the port in Djibouti. The same article has been posted onto AllAfrica.

Djibouti: The 24th Ethio-Djibouti Border Consultative Meeting Concluded
AllAfrica
Originally published via the Ethiopian News Agency, reported on are the outcomes of the annual Ethio-Djibouti Border Consultative Meeting. According to Suleiman Omer Abdulkadir, head of the Djiboutian delegation, the meeting ‘laid a solid ground towards resolving the two countries common problems.’ Discussed was also the importance of using infrastructural facilities for the mutual benefit of both countries.

Ethiopia: Efforts Underway to Link Dry Ports With Industrial Parks
Ethiopian Herald
Ethiopia has a number of projects underway to develop new ports and industrial parks to facilitate trade, with five dry ports being built along the route leading to the port of Djibouti. The Modjo dry port currently handles 80 per cent of Ethiopian trade along the Ethio-Djibouti trade corridor. Also reposted in AllAfrica.

Rex Tillerson came to Africa, saw and was fired
Vanguard Nigeria
Also reposted on AllAfrica, the article comments on Tillerson’s visit to Africa, citing US fears of a possible Chinese ‘advantage’ on the continent and in Djibouti specifically.

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