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January 22, 2015

Port of Amsterdam to supervise Port of Cotonou renovation in Benin

The Netherlands Embassy in Benin has selected Port of Amsterdam International (PoAI) to assist with the renovation of the Port of Cotonou.

By Samseer M

The Netherlands Embassy in Benin has selected Port of Amsterdam International (PoAI) to assist with the renovation of the Port of Cotonou.

Under the deal, PoAI will provide an implementation and master plan for the upgrade, and act as project supervisor.

In addition, PoAI will assist with the organisational and technical structuring, monitoring, quality control and support onsite, working work with its network of Dutch and international partners.

PoAI director Gert-Jan Nieuwenhuizen said: "This project will eventually result in a master plan and implementation plan that will transform and restructure the Port of Cotonou in order to facilitate its growth and drive the Benin economy.

"Once Benin’s infrastructure has been upgraded, it will become easier to increase the speed and efficiency of the port’s cargo transhipment."

"PoAI is focusing on West Africa on account of its existing trading relationship with this region. Once Benin’s infrastructure has been upgraded, it will become easier to increase the speed and efficiency of the port’s cargo transhipment."

Currently, transhipment in the Port Autonome de Cotonou exceeds six million tonnes a year and plans are set to increase this to around twenty million tonnes.

The port has a significant role in Benin economy as it currently accounts for 60% of the gross domestic product. It also supports several neighbouring countries, including Nigeria, and is the closest port for countries such as Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.

Recently, the Port of Amsterdam signed a letter of intent with Gujarat Ports Infrastructure & Development, a subsidiary of India’s Gujarat Maritime Board, to improve trade between Gujarat and Amsterdam and boost their existing cooperation.

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