|Bebera port (Web image)|
At the same time, President Ahmed Mohamed Mahamoud “Silanyo” of Somaliland mandated the Dutch consulting company Maritime & Transport Business Solutions (MTBS) headed by Frank Luisman to analyse the BAL proposal. BAL director general Dominique Lafont has on several occasions expressed his irritation at the Somaliland authorities’ dithering. In December 2014, the French Ambassador to Nairobi, Rémi Maréchaux even sent Silanyo and eight of his ministers a letter to stress the importance of the Berbera contract for Bolloré, as it should enable 30% of Ethiopian trade to transit via Somaliland instead of Djibouti as at present.
In October 2014, the Somaliland port authorities had already been contacted for the same reason by Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC), with support from First Lady Amina Waris Sheikh Mohamed Jirde, and her son-in-law Bashe Awil Haji Omar
Source -The Indian Ocean Newsletter