Djibouti economy depends heavily on its modern ports, and the only clients are from Ethiopia, the lack of co-ordination between the DP World and Junior Minister Mr. Bahdon in charge of the Djibouti ports, he is the main cause of Djibouti loosing its only customers to Somaliland Port of Barbara, what ever remaining business in operation is trans-shipment while forwarding shipment to Ethiopia is dramatically reduced.
The Djiboutian minister in charge of Djibouti Ports is Mr. Bandon; he is the son-in-law of Piggy, which means he is married to Piggy’s step- daughter. As we know Mr. Bahdon didn’t only have a good credential but he also miserably fail to manage the investment agency that he use to run before embarking the ministerial position, he use show up at work at around noon for only to go back to his Majlis for his daily long session of chewing Khat, he become an embarrassment to Djibouti when his agency invited a lot of investors from around the world, he didn’t know what to do or tell the investors, he couldn’t tell what particular project in Djibouti needs investment, unfortunately he simply choose not show up the meeting his personal failure.
When you have a minister in absentia like Mr. Bahdon and Ahmed Osman Guelleh Arrab the savvy businessman who is in charge of the port operation from Stevedoring to custom clearance, Ahmed Osman is only here to maximize his bottom-line, what that however means he has freedom to charge what ever he wishes to the local and Ethiopian clients, there is no set guideline From Piggy regime as to what he can charge his clients from Stevedoring, transporting and custom clearance documentation.
DP World is exacerbating the already worse situation, for example the port cargo handling fee is already too high, expensive storage charge kicks in too early and empty container exchange period have dramatically reduced last year. The Ethiopian are the only DP Word forwarding clients off course they also pay the tonnage service through DP World, Ethiopian business communities have been worrying the way the whole affair, they fed-up the out dated inefficient greed driven system that is in place in Djibouti. One should strike the balance of out sourcing the port management to DP World and keeping you only land-lock client.
Clearly there is lack of co-operation between the Djiboutian Port Authority, DP World and the monopoly of Ahmed Osman’s port operation, well Ahmed Osman is in conflict of interest, he has the same business operation in Barbara Somaliland, his ancestral home land, well thanks to free zone front office for Barbara port operation, because Barbara falls under unrecognizable jurisdiction of self-declared Somaliland. Barbara port operation has no choice under certain degree but to operate under the shadow of Djibouti ports that’s where Ahmed Osman comes handy.
Ahmed Osman’s business operation is high guarded secret, he runs multi business operations, all the businesses are centralized and comes directly under command, he never trusts anybody but himself , it’s a typical illicit business dealing behaviour, even his own transportation company trucks( GTA) are regularly shipped to Dubai thousands of miles away for simple service, imagine that he can’t only trust fiat dealership in Djibouti run by Janie but he also shows no regard to the local economy as you can see his erratic behaviour. If need be for out sourcing contractors the priority is given to his own clan than what ever left for foreign nationals, Ahmed Osman keeps the aboriginal Djiboutian at-bay (Afar and ILKA-QORAN) for obvious reason.
For how long this discrimination can go on unchecked, one wonders why anyone is not complaining for this unfair business practices in Djibouti and badly needed businesses that has been lost to self-declared Somaliland, a fierce competition from Somaliland has been going on for quite some time under the shadow of Ahmed Osman Guelleh Arrab business tycoon. Recently Ahmed Osman secretly coordinated the biggest US ship (Philadelphia) carrying food aid to dock Barbara port of self-declared Somaliland, perhaps Piggy is either forgetting the good-old-Somali-saying GEEL JIRE GEELA OO WADA JERA HADANA WAA KALA JIRAA or because he is surrounded by Somalilanders he thought him self that he is one them, shall we say BAQAL FARDO LA DAAQDAY FARAS BAY ISMOODA.
The Djiboutian population are overwhelmed by the Piggy’s chaotic administration of highly centralized one-man-show, they neither understand MESHAY SARTU KA QUDHUNTAY nor the have an ability to collectively act to take the matter into hands and once for all get rid of Piggy and his wife Odette de Chihuahua. Still the famous opposition election theme is fresh although it may seem a long time ago Piggy, KUBOODBOOD ADAA BOORANE.