Khartum – China 21st century maritime Silk Road will soon have a new, unexpected mission: to send camels from Africa. When the Haidob port on Sudan’s Red Sea coast is completed by the end of next month. It is believed to be the country’s impoverished hub to export sheep, goats and iconic mammals in the desert to eastern markets.
Quoted by Bloomberg,on Wednesday (11/11), operator Sudan port said this latest part of the Belt and Road Initiative, urged China to revive and expand the ancient route to Europe and Africa using cutting-edge infrastructure.
Constructed by China Harbor Engineering. This 120 million euro or roughly $ 141 million project is another example of Beijing forging links with some of the world’s. More obscure but potentially lucrative locations.
Further down Africa’s east coast in tiny Djibouti, China has financed two ports on site that are hubs for global shipping as well as a railroad to help landlocked Ethiopia transport its goods to the wider world.
In total, 157 countries and international organizations have signed up, with Morgan Stanley predicting spending will reach $ 1.3 trillion by 2027.
Apart from China, the US will also collaborate with Sudan
Opportunities may exist for the US too. Earlier this month a Sudanese Commerce Ministry official met representatives of the American Embassy in Khartoum. The first official meeting in years.
Among the topics discussed were Sudan’s potential accession to the World Trade Organization and expanding its exports to the US. Including Arabic gum, gold and livestock.
In Sudan, the potential for livestock lies in a satisfactory export market for alternative meat and dairy. The World Bank has identified it among other things as a viable industry. For a country that is still recovering from the loss of most of its oil reserves as a result of South Sudan’s secession in 2011 and decades of economic sanctions.
The timing may be coincidence. After nearly three decades of being a pariah in the western world. Sudan is coming from the cold following last year’s overthrow of Islamic dictator Omar Al-Bashir. The transitional government is working to settle Sudan’s debt and financial assistance may be in the works.
This could encourage an increase in agriculture, which is already the country’s largest economic sector. In this case, China’s infrastructure planners may have chosen the right place.