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Port Competition Along Africa’s East Coast Intensifies With China as a Central Player

Somaliland's Port of Berbera. Image via Wikipedia.

After the Dubai-based ports operator DP World was effectively pushed out of Djibouti by China Merchants Port Holdings (CMPH), the Emiratis packed up and headed a few hundred kilometers down the coast to set up shop at the Port of Berbera in the self-declared state of Somaliland.

DP World invested $120 million to build a 400-meter container terminal in Berbera that now aims to compete directly with CMPH in Djibouti. 

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