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Over a long period of time, landlocked Ethiopia has been forced to rely on neighboring Djibouti for most of its trade.  The country with about 100 million people has been carrying out is import and export trade through Djibouti which has a population of less than 1 million people.

Ethiopia lost access to its coastline, impeding its economic growth and limiting the nation’s ambitions of becoming a regional hegemon when Eritrea seceded in 1993.

Ethiopia’s overdependence on Djibouti is also as a result of her strained relations between Addis Ababa and Asmara. However, Ethiopia is set to get a major trade gateway after the completion of Berbera port.

Berbera Port

A new container terminal opened at Berbera port in the semi-autonomous Somaliland region is expected to be a major trade gateway for the landlocked country. The port, according to reports, will further enhance trade relations among East African and Gulf …