A £35m logistics centre is to be built in Rwanda to boost the country’s exports.
Dubai-based marine terminal operator DP World has won a 25-year concession to develop and operate the centre in Kigali.
The first phase of the project will occupy a 90,000 sq m site and have a 12,000sqm container yard and a 19,600sqm warehouse.
DP World estimates the hub’s annual capacity is 50,000 twenty-foot equivalent containers and 640,000 tonnes of warehousing space.
“Rwanda aims to enhance the country’s logistics industry to support the export of products for regional and international markets,” said DP World in a statement.
In recent years Rwanda has consistently delivered over 7% GDP growth and is ranked as the most competitive country in East Africa by the World Economic Forum’s global competitiveness report.
As a landlocked country Rwanda’s maritime trade depends on ports in Kenya and neighbouring Tanzania.
In November 2015 Rwandan newspapers reported delegations from Kenya and Tanzania had visited capital Kigali to drum up more trade via their own ports.
Kenya has recently announced plans to improve a key road linking the Port of Mombasa and Moi International Airport in the country to ease freight movement. A 6.4km road single lane road will be expanded into a dual carriageway to reduce traffic congestion in the Port Reitz area.
Traffic congestion in the area has been identified as a barrier to trade in East Africa and the improved road is also expected to reduce truck operating costs and halve the time it takes to enter and exit the port gates.