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Djibouti, Somaliland in bitter port feud

Postby Enemy_Of_Mad_Mullah » Wed Jan 03, 2007 7:02 pm

Djibouti, Somaliland in bitter port feud

Port of Djibouti:
«A hub for livestock exports from bordering countries.»

© afrol News / Djibouti govt
afrol News, 3 January - After Saudi Arabia last month surprisingly lifted its damaging 2001 ban on the import of live livestock from the Horn of Africa, a lucrative export trade has been revived. But this has sent Djibouti and non-recognised Somaliland into a new fight over becoming the region's leading export harbour, with Djibouti even expelling Somalilander diplomats.

Apart from Djibouti, Somaliland's city of Berbera is the only port on the northern coast of the Horn able to serve land-locked Ethiopia, with its large trade on a regional scale. The small state of Djibouti - which has its greatest revenues from its port facilities - is best connected with the Ethiopian hinterland; by road and train, but relations between Djibouti and Addis Ababa are not always the best.

With the December lift of Saudi Arabia's 5-year livestock import ban from the Horn region, trade passing through the ports of Djibouti and Berbera are expected to boom. Before the ban was announced in 2000, livestock was among the main export goods from Ethiopia, Djibouti and Somalia/Somaliland.

As soon as the ban was lifted, Djibouti authorities announced that their diplomacy had plaid a vital part in achieving this aim. The Saudis and other Arab nations officially had imposed the ban in 2001 after an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever among cattle, but critics claim that the outbreak had never occurred on the Horn. Also the exceptionally long ban indicated that it was rooted on protectionist policies.

Several diplomatic efforts to have the ban lifted failed throughout the years, creating a crisis for the regional livestock industry. Livestock constitutes the backbone of the Somaliland economy and is essential to most rural communities in Djibouti, Ethiopia and Somalia, with Saudi Arabia historically being the main market.

Djiboutian diplomats claimed they were to be thanked for the lifting of the Saudi ban. Djibouti had launched several proposals to assure animal health for exports to Arab nations. Therefore, the nation's Foreign Ministry held in December, other countries in the region should award Djibouti by using its port facilities to export livestock. Djibouti would now become a regional "hub for livestock exports," the Ministry said in a statement.

At Djibouti port, the Ministry claimed, quality would be assured due to the August 2004 establishment of a quarantine centre with a veterinary clinic and laboratories. These modern US$ 6 million facilities would assure that another regional livestock would be avoided in future. Shortly after these statements, President Ismail Omar Guelleh inaugurated a new port terminal worth US$ 40 million, mainly aimed at serving Ethiopia's trade.

Neighbouring Somaliland however for long has been suspicious on Djiboutian efforts to secure a monopoly situation for its port. Two years ago, Somaliland authorities accused Djibouti of trying to control its economy following a proposal by Djibouti aimed at making its ports a gateway for Somaliland's livestock exports to Arab Gulf countries.

Somaliland's Berbera port is seen as the country's greatest potential for economic development, and only last week, port authorities disclosed they had made a purchase of US$ 640,000 worth of dock loading and stacking equipment used for lifting goods and container freight - one of the first major investments for around 20 years in this port.

Answering the Djiboutian initiative to capitalise on the lifting of the Saudi ban, Somaliland authorities in December banned the sending of home-grown cattle to Djibouti for re-exportation. Somalilander livestock heading towards Saudi Arabia was to be shipped out from Berbera, authorities ordered.

With its modest investments in the Berbera port, Somaliland also hopes to gain a part of the Ethiopian livestock export market. Ethiopia is not uninterested, as it currently has better ties with Hargeisa than with Djibouti, following the latter's low-profiled support for the defeated Somali Islamists.

Underlining the seriousness in the harbour fight between the two neighbours, Djibouti immediately expelled Somalilander diplomats in what has been described as a tit-for-tat reaction. No country, not even Djibouti, officially recognises Somaliland, which nevertheless has diplomatic stations in most countries of the region.

Indeed, without securing transit revenues from other livestock exporters, Djibouti is to gain little from the Saudi ban lifting. The Djiboutian livestock industry is in a deep crisis after years of drought. According to the US agency Famine Early Warning System Network (FEWS), the 'Heys/Dada' rains - which are essential for the viability of coastal dry season grazing areas - performed poorly also in November 2006.

"These rains serve a vital function in the migration cycle of pastoralists," the latest FEWS report on Djibouti warned, noting that pastoralists were facing a crisis. "Successful recovery for pastoralist communities requires prevention of distress livestock sales and continued restocking over several consecutive seasons," the US agency added.

Also in Somaliland and Ethiopia, the last few years have not been the best for pastoralists, but in large parts of these two countries, relatively sound stocks of livestock are still present, ready for exportation to the Saudi market.

Exports of Somaliland livestock has started already. In late December, the first consignment of over 400,000 livestock heads were supposed to be exported to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to coincide with the Hajj, whose rituals require that every pilgrim kill one sheep as a sacrifice. Reportedly, almost a quarter of these sheep had however been smuggled to Djibouti for re-export to Jeddah. Berbera port authorities have yet to report how many went through their facilities.

Also Djibouti port authorities rapidly reported cattle export successes after the ban was lifted. Only four days after the lifting, over 10,000 livestock heads - of unclear origin - were shipped to Saudi Arabia. The port has been made ready to receive "thousands of animals on a daily basis originating from bordering countries," Djibouti port authorities state optimistically.



By staff writer

© afrol News

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[quote]Exports of Somaliland livestock has started already. In late December, the first consignment of over 400,000 livestock heads were supposed to be exported to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, to coincide with the Hajj, whose rituals require that every pilgrim kill one sheep as a sacrifice. Reportedly, almost a quarter of these sheep had however been smuggled to Djibouti for re-export to Jeddah. Berbera port authorities have yet to report how many went through their facilities.

Also Djibouti port authorities rapidly reported cattle export successes after the ban was lifted. Only four days after the lifting, over 10,000 livestock heads - of unclear origin - were shipped to Saudi Arabia. [/quote]


Jabuuti got owned Waryaa Biko abti take notes Laughing Laughing Laughing

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Postby THE ELEMENT » Wed Jan 03, 2007 7:43 pm

lol@ “Apart from Djibouti, Somaliland's city of Berbera is the closest port to serve the land-locked Ethiopia, with its large trade on a regional scale. The small state of Djibouti - which has its greatest revenues from its port facilities - is best connected with the Ethiopian hinterland; by road and train, but relations between Djibouti and Addis Ababa are not always the best.”

In other word, if Ethiopia could intimidate Djibouti with the likelihood of moving some amount of their countryÂ’s import via Berbera, it would have a better bargaining power in dealing with Djiboutian officials.

...Tolow yaa u sheega...The port facility of Djibouti and Berbera are incomparable Laughing

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Postby Enemy_Of_Mad_Mullah » Wed Jan 03, 2007 7:46 pm

its all about how much u export Laughing

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Postby THE ELEMENT » Wed Jan 03, 2007 8:40 pm

No Sxb, import or export however way you put it Berbera is a small port that can't accommodate big vessels, so does it have the required capacity to handle Ethiopia's cargo? No! And since Riyoole and Co. can't grasp the game level Ethiopians are playing here, am sure it wonÂ’t be long till Djibouti decides to come and slap some sense back into them...hmmmmm wait! WasnÂ’t that so-call Smellyland representative already expelled from Djibouti? Of course, I almost forgot the Djiboutians already begun firing away.

...I hope they donÂ’t decide to bomb that little sh!t-hole out of existence, am sure the thought of some cargo diversion from their port to another less significant one bugs the hell out of the Djiboutians. So, would I be surprise even if they move ahead and do bomb the little sh!t-hole...Hell No! Laughing
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Postby Samatr » Wed Jan 03, 2007 8:43 pm

Djibouti doesn't of have the privelage of Xabashis fighting for them like your people. Laughing

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Postby THE ELEMENT » Wed Jan 03, 2007 8:54 pm

Sxb, I think Mr. Ismaeil Omar Geele already give the go ahead to his air force to bomb that little sh!t-hole, your lucky the Ethiopians are already there protecting it, for their own interest of course Laughing

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Postby Samatr » Wed Jan 03, 2007 8:55 pm

^Talk to me when you have that xabash ceeb out of your mouth, its a shame to be Somali when the likes of you and dawladsade claim to be Somali.

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Postby Gedo_Boy » Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:00 pm

What happened to Djibouti's venture w/ Dubai Ports World????

I thought they were supposed to blow up?

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Postby Gedo_Boy » Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:01 pm

Disclaimer:

By 'blow up' I mean in the slang sense. Laughing

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Postby Enemy_Of_Mad_Mullah » Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:06 pm

Laughing Laughing Laughing ofcourse u do

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Postby KUN-DILE » Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:14 pm

This talk about Djibouti stealing Somaliland livestock is non-starter.

The game they are playing is so stupid you might think that the hot weather must have messed up and cooked their brain cells. How can they expect to steal SL livestock and hope that they will get away with it?

Somaliland needs to make sure that no single lax crosses the border. That is how simple it is.

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Postby Enemy_Of_Mad_Mullah » Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:15 pm

jabuuti has nothing on us when it comes to geel and adhi Cool

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Postby fagash_killer » Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:31 pm

small state of Djibouti - which has its greatest revenues from its port facilities - is best connected with the Ethiopian hinterland; by road and train, but relations between Djibouti and Addis Ababa are not always the best. Very Happy
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Postby Enemy_Of_Mad_Mullah » Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:32 pm

what makes u think ur part of Jabuuti?


ur under maamulka somaliland naaya ur awoowe riyalle will rape u in his egyptian basement if u carry on with this attitude Laughing Laughing

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Postby AbdiWahab252 » Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:35 pm

Berbera is an ARIISH

Djibouti is a Spanish villa


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