MoU boosts Dakar’s regional hub ambitions

The Port of Antwerp.

The Port of Dakar’s ambitions to establish itself as the main regional hub for freight has taken a step forward following the recent signing of a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Port of Antwerp.

“We will make use of our experience and expertise to help Dakar realise its ambitions,” said Kristof Waterschoot, CEO of two subsidiaries of Antwerp Port Authority (PAI and APEC), following the signing of the agreement.

Antwerp sees it as an opportunity to reinforce its historical position on the West African coast.

The MoU outlines commitments in marketing, developing trade relations, organising joint commercial events and exchanging information on subjects such as customs and excise, security and sustainability.

A recent report by the World Bank underlines the economic potential of Africa but also points to a number of challenges, such as the lack of sufficiently trained personnel. “We will immediately step in to fill this gap by sharing our know-how and expertise,” said Waterschoot. “Our training centre APEC remains the partner of choice for training maritime professionals, while our consultancy subsidiary PAI will assist the port authority with the necessary expertise for developing a multipurpose terminal and deepening the approach channels so as to maximise the capacity of the port of Dakar.”

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