The $962 million port upgrade begun in Abidjan, the commercial capital of the Ivory Coast, in 2015 is now just past its half-way mark. The upgrade centres on the construction of a new container terminal, the expansion of an existing minerals terminal and the widening of the Vridi canal leading to the main port, and is due for completion in 2019 – resulting in a huge demand for technicians and technician training.
A joint project between the Ivorian government, Chinese civil engineering firm China Harbour Engineering Co Ltd, and a consortium led by French company Bolloré Africa Logistics, the upgrade of Port Autonome d’Abidjan was desperately needed to serve increasing demands in one of Sub-Saharan Africa’s busiest ports. The aim of this huge project is to give the already busy port capacity to increase container traffic from 1.2 million TEU to three million TEU by 2020 – and position the Ivory Coast to grow its economy.
Continued employment and demand for technician training
The project has already provided hundreds of jobs in the past two years and the demand is unabated, with on-going construction requiring top technicians as the project moves toward completion. It’s unlikely that any locally trained Ivorian technicians will find themselves out of work after completion, as, according to an article in The Africa Report, Abidjan’s port expansion and upgrade is just the beginning of the country’s planned economic expansion.
Already the world’s largest exporter of cocoa, and perfectly positioned as a gateway to and transit country from a number of landlocked African countries, the Ivory Coast has invested in Abidjan’s port upgrade to make it the largest port in West Africa. The project is also one of two such port upgrades. This, in addition to future projects, will continue to bring much needed employment opportunities to Ivorians, particularly those involved in civil engineering projects – equipment technicians included.
Technician training in the Ivory Coast
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