Establish a participatory management system by integrating local populations into the economic development process.
This is the strategy of the Rwandan government on KPL: the logistics platform of Kigali, one of the largest dry ports in Africa with a total area of 30 hectares.
The first phase of this gigantic project estimated at 35 million US dollars, was fully funded by the global logistics giant, Dubai Port World for a 20-year concession.
It is important that people become part of this project which is now included in their history
Since the beginning of its operations, this logistics platform has reduced the rotation time of trucks (from 10 to 14 days) to only 3 days. The choice of Rwanda was made according to Sultan Ahmed Ben Sulayem, President and CEO of DP World for whom the economic potential of Rwanda and the Great Lakes region is a real asset.
» We are delighted with the impact already made on businesses and are ready to strengthen our strategic partnership with the Rwandan government to develop the logistics and trade sector, » he said at the official opening of the port on 21 October 2019.
The logistics platform has been operational since September 2018 – in test mode – and has high technology equipment and supports its strategy on innovation and transparency.
« We have different gateways and this allows customers to know where the product is and how long it will take to get here. This allows them to prepare financially and to see the availability of products on the market. If they have their samples, they can start distributing them, so that when the products arrive, they have a customer ready for the sale of incoming freight, « said Dion Thompson, DP’s chief of operations. World-Kigali.
Work for local development
The terminal located in the town of Masaka 20 kilometers from Kigali also contributes to the economic development of the population, with nearly 700 direct and indirect jobs created within the structure that hosts, in addition to students from all over the country, foreigners.
« In the future, I think I can use the basic skills acquired through this logistics platform in Kigali. Perhaps it is possible for me to have the opportunity to be promoted from intern to an employee, « hopes James Hakizimana, trainee at DP World.
» So far I have six months experience. Now, imagine if I complete the 6 months to a year, then I will be perfect as someone who is already on the field because I like to learn and I learn a lot during the course. So I think that after the internship, I could very well perform because I worked in an international company, DP World, a great institution that has certain advantages, « projects Mandela Wilson, also intern.
DP World and the Rwandan government aspire to include local communities more in this development, by financing development projects that will spread throughout the country. And for Sumeet Bhardwaj, the managing director of DP World Kigali, it is « important that people are part of this project which is now included in their history ».
Sumeet Bhardwaj is the Managing Director of DP World-Kigali: « After Phase 1, DP World plans to develop Phase 1.2, an additional 7 hectares. We plan to introduce commodity warehouses as part of this expansion plan. And all is fine. A cold storage facility will soon be integrated into our current facility. After the success of phase one and phase 1.2, it is also possible to develop phase 2 ‘ ».
In addition to facilitating the different procedures, Rwanda is a real bridge for neighboring countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Tanzania and even Burundi, countries ranked among the fastest growing areas.
The KPL will also access the port of Mombasa in Kenya with a capacity of 50,000 TEU, which is the equivalent of 20 feet.
It will potentially save nearly $ 50 million a year in logistics costs for Rwandan businesses.