Somali government has outsourced the management of Mogadishu’s port to a Turkish company Al-Bayrak. The facility serves as a major national seaport and is the largest harbour in the Horn of Africa country
Government ministers, port authority officials, business people, were among those who witnessed the transfer of management on Sunday.
The Chairman of Somalia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mohamoud Abdikarim Gabayre, is optimistic that the new management will improve the dynamics of the harbour.
“Al-Bayrak is expected to modernize the port and the services it offers,” he said Gabayre. He added, “Well managed harbour will certainly boost the government’s revenue, benefiting the general populace.”
Mr Ahmed Sami who spoke on behalf of Al-Bayrak was happy that the relations between Somalia and Turkey is growing since President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Mogadishu in 2011.
Mr Erdogan was the prime minister of Turkey at the time he visited Somalia in August 2011.
“Our company will expand the infrastructure and operations of Mogadishu’s port,” said Sami. Somali Minister of Ports and Marine Transport, Yusuf Moalim Amin, expressed confidence that the Turkish company will rehabilitate the port to meet international standard.
“Once rehabilitated, the harbour will accommodate larger vessels,” said Mr Amin.
Another Turkish company, Favori LLC, took over the management of Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport.
According to Somali government officials, Favori will be managing everything from ground handling, passenger services, cargo, and fuel to security, as well as general airport maintenance.