IVORY Coast authorities have started preparations to make port of Abidjan become a regional hub that would serve customers across the world.
At the moment the port is used to ship cocoa beans and is also a vital supply and export route for landlocked countries to the north.
It was reported that plans were underway for the construction of the second container terminal at Côte d’Ivoire’s main port of Abidjan.
French industrial multinational Bollore has plans to invest US $496.3m from next year towards the terminal construction project.
According to the company’s Deputy CEO Philippe Labonne, the terminal project is scheduled to kick start in June or July next year. “It’s a question of building a platform and setting up the port equipment,” he said .
The new terminal will be operational from June 2020 and financed by the project’s partner Maersk. Meanwhile, the port authorities through the Chinese’s help are currently widening the canal leading to the port to reach a 16m depth that will allow larger ships to dock.