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Ethiopia Acquires ownership stake in Port Sudan and Qatar to invest 4 billion for its development

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Ethiopia acquires ownership stake in Port Sudan


Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who has been in Khartoum during the past two days, struck a deal with the Government of Sudan that gives Ethiopia an unspecified amount of ownership stake in Port Sudan. A number of countries, including wealthy Gulf states, are increasing their investments in sea ports on the Red Sea as they compete for influence in a strategic corridor vital to shipping lines and oil routes. More from Reuters:


(Reuters) – Ethiopia and Sudan have agreed on a deal allowing the Horn of Africa nation to take a stake in Sudan’s largest sea gateway port of Port Sudan, officials said on Thursday.

Several countries including wealthy Gulf states have ramped up investments in seaports along the Red Sea and East Africa’s coast as they vie for influence in a strategic corridor that is vital for shipping lanes and oil routes.

While the likes of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are using some of the ports for military purposes, Ethiopia – which lost its access to the sea following the secession of former province Eritrea in 1993 – is aiming to strike deals in a bid to diversify outlets and reduce port fees.

The deal between Addis Ababa and Sudan was reached in Khartoum on Thursday at a meeting between Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.

“The leaders of both countries agreed to develop Port Sudan together,” said Meles Alem, spokesman for Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry.

“This deal entails that Ethiopia will be a shareholder of the port as well,” he told Reuters.

No financial details of the agreement were disclosed.

Another official said that the agreement would enable Ethiopia to have a say in the level of port handling fees.

The deal comes two days after Ethiopia reached a similar arrangement over the Port of Djibouti, Djibouti’s main gateway for trade.

“Access to a diversified range of ports is a strategic imperative for the government of Ethiopia. That is perhaps one of its most important priorities in terms of trade and development,” said Ahmed Salim, vice president at the Teneo global advisory firm.

Ethiopia’s involvement supported the financing and development of the Sudan and Djibouti ports, he added.



Djibouti had been seeking investors for its port since it terminated the concession for Dubai’s state-owned DP World to run the port in February, citing a failure to resolve a six-year contractual dispute.

The agreement with Ethiopia gave Djibouti the option of taking stakes in state-owned Ethiopian firms. The companies that it may look to invest in include Ethiopian Electric Power and Ethio Telecom – one of Africa’s last remaining telecoms monopolies.

It was not clear if Sudan’s agreement involved a similar arrangement with Ethiopia.

Djibouti’s location is of strategic value to countries such as the United States, China, Japan and former colonial power France, all of which have military bases there.

The deal with Djibouti also followed Ethiopia’s agreement to acquire a 19 percent stake in the Port of Berbera in the breakaway Somali region of Somaliland. DP World retains a 51 percent stake there, while the government holds the rest.

Meanwhile, Khartoum’s deal with Ethiopia came in the wake of another arrangement signed with Turkey, which wants to rebuild Suakin – a ruined Ottoman port city on Sudan’s Red Sea coast – and construct a dock to maintain civilian and military vessels.

Qatar has also agreed to develop the same port to the tune of $4 billion.


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Ethiopia now has a stake from Somaliland Berbera (today's Zeila) to Djibouti (today's Tajura) to Portsudan (today's Suakin). Back to Abyssinia minus Eritrea.

As long as Isayas is there, Eritrea will only be base for countries that cannot compete in Djibouti like UAE and Egypt.

Sitting duck all sarounded and country going down for easy catch by Sudan or Ethiopia or combination of the two.

Internally its like 1989/90 Somalia or Ethiopia.

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Not known if there is secret agreement of Sudan acquiring shares in GERD, but the two countries signed agreement for the security and defence of GERD. An agreement that allows Ethiopia to go armed in Sudan and fight any time and Sudan the same.

Similar to what Ethiopia did when fighting ICU in 2006, Attacking escaping ICU from Kenya side which was least expected and surprise shock to ICU.


President Farmaajo, get moving visit Kismayo and sign at least MOU with Ethiopia or even parts of NE Kenya. Before every thing is locked in and railroads built, that are hard to change.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali arrives in Sudan to discuss trade issues and Nile dam


(Xinhua) – Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali on Wednesday arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum for a two-day official visit to discuss bilateral cooperation and mutual concern.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and senior government officials received the Ethiopian prime minister at the Khartoum airport.


Al-Bashir and the Ethiopian leader will discuss bilateral cooperation in trade and economic exchange, border security and regional and international issues of mutual concern, said Sudan’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs Mohamed Abdalla Idris quoted by official SUNA news agency.

He said the talks come in continuation of the recent talks held by the two leaders in Ethiopia’s Bahir Dar, and as a culmination of exchanged ministerial visits by the two sides.

The Ethiopian prime minister is scheduled to visit institutions and development projects, namely the agricultural ones, he said.

Meetings of the Sudanese-Ethiopian Business Council will also be held during the visit to discuss trade issues and role of the private sector.

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