Gambia, Sifax Group sign MoU to build, operate dry port

Friday, August 17, 2018

Sifax Group, a multimillion company with interest in maritime, aviation, haulage and logistics has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Gambia government to build and operate dry port facility in Banjul.

A dry port (sometimes inland port) is an inland intermodal terminal directly connected by road or rail to a seaport and operating as a centre for the transshipment of sea cargo to inland destinations.

The MOU was signed in Banjul by Mr. John Jenkins Group managing director, SIFAX Group and Mr. Abdoulie Tambedou managing director, Gambia Ports Authority (GPA).

While thanking the Gambian President for the opportunity to invest in the country, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi assured him and the people of The Gambia of SIFAX Group’s willingness to open up the economy of the country by not only building and operating a world-class Inland Container Terminal, but also investing in other sectors that will help The Gambia grow and compete favorably among her peers in the continent and beyond.

The SIFAX chairman stated that the company believes in making Africa the focus of its investment hub. To this end, he said that Africans stand a better chance to sincerely develop and tap the array of business and growth opportunities that are bound in the continent.

He lamented that Sifax Group has been doing this in some West African countries and is sincerely grateful to the President for opening up the doors of The Gambia to the company.

“Our promise is that the country’s economy will feel our impact as we don’t intend to limit our interventions to the maritime sector alone. We have identified other areas we will be willing to invest in the nearest future,” Barrister Afolabi stated.

For his part, Mr. John Jenkins assured that the company will rely heavily on its 30-year-old business experience acquired working in various sectors and countries, as it sets out to turn around the country’s maritime sector.

“We are delighted as a company to begin this journey of investing in The Gambia. As a company, we have a record of success in all the sectors and countries we operate. We will bring our experience and expertise to bear in the running of the dry port. The project will help in decongesting the Port of Banjul, create employment for the people of Gambia and make the port very profitable and competitive. These are some of the values SIFAX Group will bring to the table,” Jenkins said.

President Adama Barrow thanked the delegation for choosing The Gambia for their investment foray, adding that the country needs a lot of investment, both local and foreign, to grow the economy.

He promised to provide the necessary enabling environment for SIFAX Group and other foreign investors to thrive.

Author: Pa Modou Cham