WFP shipment docked at Berbera Port

Probably USAID destined for Tigray region of Ethiopia.

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That’s astonishing!..

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Yes, that is a big deal. Very good for local truck-owners and warehousing providers.

I wonder if Djibouti with all its infrastructural advantages must have priced themselves out. For the WFP to prefer an incomplete Berbera corridor over Djibouti corridor, could be a sign of things to come!

Djibouti is in debt up to its neck to China. The loan repayments are millions of dollars each month. And as the Port is the main bread winner for IOG’s gov’t, they just do not have the wiggle room to make adjustments.

With Assab Port coming online soon, it is just going to get worse for them.

Berbera Port has the UAE’s diplomatic weight behind it and hence it share will only increase. While Addis Abeba will make adjustments to its import/export traffic vis-a-vis Djibouti when onboarding Assab Port.

Second batch of Ukrainian grain delivered to Somalia as part of Grain from Ukraine program

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Saturday December 31, 2022

The ship Neva has delivered 25,000 tonnes of food wheat to Somalia as part of the Grain from Ukraine program.

The Ministry for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development said this in a Facebook post, Ukrinform reports.

“We are sure that this batch of Ukrainian grain will be a new step for long-term cooperation and fight against the causes of food shortages. This is our contribution to the restoration of a safe and stable future,” Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for Reconstruction, Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development Oleksandr Kubrakov said.

He added that the bulk carrier Neva left the port of Odesa on December 9. The costs of cargo logistics were borne by the governments of Finland, France and Japan. This is already the second batch of Ukrainian wheat for Somalia. In autumn, a ship loaded with 28,500 tonnes of wheat left the Pivdennyi port as part of the “grain initiative”.

As reported, the Grain from Ukraine program was initiated by the President of Ukraine. It provides for the purchase of Ukrainian grain by partner countries and its delivery to states experiencing a humanitarian crisis. The program is implemented in partnership with the World Food Program under the auspices of the United Nations.

Photo: Infrastructure Ministry

“The BC CALLISTO is the second ship as part of the program launched by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in partnership with the World Food Program. This ship is carrying 30,000 tonnes of wheat destined for Ethiopia”.


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