Djibouti Articles & Analysis

Located at a juncture between Africa, the Middle East and Asia, Djibouti has easy access to international trade routes via the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea, and borders fast-growing yet landlocked Ethiopia, making it an ideal continental hub. New ports, railway links and road improvement projects are enhancing economic efficiencies and providing a solid platform to bolster expansion in sectors.

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What strategy is Djibouti adopting to diversify its investment portfolio over the long term?

Trade and technology are at the heart of Djibouti’s development strategy, Vision 2035. Djibouti can lead the way by transforming itself into a regional hub for trade and logistics, and by drawing on the experiences of other port-based economies. The goal is to become a middle-income country, where the benefits of economic growth are shared by all...

 

With strong ties to France, its former colonial power, as well as good relations with its African neighbours, Djibouti is well placed both politically and geographically to serve as a regional trade leader. After gaining independence, Djibouti’s territorial integrity and external defence were guaranteed under the 1977 Treaty of Friendship and...

 

Decades of growth in trade and foreign investment have seen global economies become more interconnected than ever before. This trend has been reinforced by the steady liberalisation of international trade and investment, at the bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral levels. National economic specialisations, and regional economic and...

Africa is at a crucial crossroads, and the direction it takes in the next few years will have a major impact – for good or for ill – not only on the continent, but globally. Djibouti is a nexus for political, trade, development and security issues in the Horn of Africa and it will play a critical role in shaping regional dynamics in coming years....

 

A small country maintaining good relations with both of its neighbours and a range of global powers, Djibouti is often referred to as an island of stability in a sometimes-troubled region. Despite domestic challenges related to the country’s economic and infrastructural development, political life has been relatively peaceful in recent years,...