Khartoum- In October, Sudan will inaugurate on the Red Sea coast the “Shaikh Ibrahim” port, which is specialized in cattle export, which reached around 2.5 million livestock including cows and camels during 2017 Q1.
China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd. (CHEC) was awarded the contract to operate the port project, as part of long-term contracts signed with the Sudanese government to rehabilitate and develop four local ports on the Red Sea coasts.
Dr. Jalal Eldin Mohamed Ahmed Shelia, general manager of Sea Ports Corporation, said “Shaikh Ibrahim” is the first port specialized in exporting cattle on the Red Sea coast in eastern Sudan.
He pointed out that preparations have ended and the port will be inaugurated in October to replace the “Othman Dakna” port currently exporting livestock. Shelia explained that the new port will absorb the growth of exported cattle, which reached over 2.5 million worth $225 million during 2017 Q1, compared to $247 million during the same period last year.
The general manager of Sea Ports Corporation said CHEC is a high-qualified firm that executed many port-related projects. A delegation of Sudanese experts recently visited China and inked a cooperation and partnership agreement to develop the Sudanese ports, he added.
As part of the offered opportunities to invest in the new port, Malaysia announced it is interested in investing in Sudan’s livestock and fish.
Sudan’s Minister of Livestock, Pastures and Fisheries discussed with the Malaysian Ambassador to Khartoum the anticipated investments.
The minister asserted that his country is ready to facilitate Malaysian investments in this sector, and will provide the technical support to establish Malaysian slaughterhouses in Sudan.
For his part, the ambassador said his country aims to invest in Sudanese fisheries and livestock, and noted that a Malaysian delegation plans to visit Sudan soon.