Why did Berbera Port emerge as the leading African port in the rankings?

What is the importance of Berbera Port’s past rankings among African ports?

A report released by the World Bank indicated that the port of Berbera has made significant progress in recent years.

Berbera Port ranked 144th in terms of global port governance, according to a study conducted by the World Bank in 2022, but the ranking was not specified.

In the most recent report, Berbera Port rose to the top of the ranking of African ports, occupying the first spot. This is a remarkable achievement, considering the level of competition among African ports.

Berbera Port’s success is attributed to the ongoing investment and infrastructure projects that have been implemented in the port and its surrounding infrastructure. This includes investments in new cranes and other port-related equipment which has enabled the port to better manage cargo operations. In addition, the port has seen investments in its maritime infrastructure, such as the construction of a new breakwater and the expansion of a marina.

The success of Berbera Port is also attributed to the efforts of the port’s management, who have implemented a number of initiatives aimed at improving efficiency and safety in the port. These initiatives include the introduction of automation systems, the implementation of advanced monitoring systems, and the introduction of a risk-based management system.

Berbera Port’s success demonstrates the potential for African ports to be competitive in the global market. With further investments and initiatives, African ports can continue to rise in the rankings and become more competitive globally.


According to a report by the World Bank, the port of Berbera has seen major upgrades in its infrastructure and facilities in recent years, making it an international standard port. Berbera has become a major transit point for Ethiopia, a landlocked country that depends on the port for its access to the sea.

In contrast, Jibouti Port has also seen improvements in its rankings, particularly among the lower-ranked landlocked countries. The World Bank report noted that both ports have seen significant advancements in their facilities and services which have been beneficial for the countries that rely on them.

This report assesses the improvement of Berbera Port’s ranking globally. In comparison to Mombasa Port, which was previously among the top-ranking ports, Berbera and Jibouti ports have outperformed it.

The CEO of Berbera Port, Saeed Hassan Abdullahi, spoke to the BBC and stated that they were determined to improve the port’s ranking due to the significant advancements made in recent years. These advancements included upgrading and expanding infrastructure, such as dredging, rehabilitation, and modernization.

Mr. Abdullahi also highlighted the recruitment of highly skilled personnel, as well as the willingness of their employees to work diligently, as factors contributing to the port’s improvement. The implementation of new technologies, such as automated container handling systems, was another significant development for the port. Finally, the government of the Republic of Somaliland and the port’s partnership with DP World provided the best available equipment to aid in the port’s advancement.

As a result of the improvements, Berbera Port surpassed Jabuuti Port, which had previously held a higher ranking. Jibouti (26), Berbera Port (144), Port Elizabeth (291), Durban (341), and Cape Town (344) are among the ranked ports in the lower-ranking African countries. Additionally, Dar es Salaam Port in Tanzania has also improved its previous ranking among the lower-ranking African countries.

Overall, Berbera Port’s improvements have been positively evaluated, and the factors contributing to the port’s advancement have been identified. Going forward, the port is expected to continue to improve and further surpass its previous ranking.


Ahmed Yasin Mohamed Jama