Ethiopia to Use Djibouti’s Doraleh Port Terminal for Livestock Export

ADDIS ABABA- Ethiopia and Djibouti on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Utilization of the livestock terminal at Doraleh Multi-Purpose Port, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The agreement was signed between Agriculture minister Oumer Hussien and Mohammed Ahmed Awaleh, Djibouti’s Minister of Agriculture, Water, Fisheries, Livestock, and Marine Resources.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Agriculture minister Oumer stated that the agreement paves the way for Ethiopia, as a leading country in livestock population, to effectively use its resources by exporting live animals through proper quarantine and inspection services.

This will enable the country to significantly benefit from its livestock population by bringing in foreign currency earnings, said Oumer, expressing his government’s strong conviction for the terminal to be operational and function in accordance with the terms of the MoU, which requires joint commitment from both countries.

Recently, Ethiopia invested in the construction of a standard quarantine facility in the Afar regional state’s Mille, which is located in close proximity to the port of Djibouti.

Officials say the quarantine station has also recently been accredited, registered, and recognized by inspectors from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), allowing for the efficient delivery of animals intended for export while the regulatory aspect remains public goods.

Djibouti’s minister Awaleh noted that the increasing commercial ties between Ethiopia and Djibouti can serve as a testament to the two countries’ growing strategic partnership, stating his government’s commitment to implement the MoU signed between the two countries effectively.

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