Djibouti, Eritrea threat to Lamu Port, Lapsset Corridor
Lamu Port could fail to attract Ethiopia and South Sudan markets who might opt for the Djibouti and Eritrea ports, according to the Shippers Council of East Africa (SCEA). Eritrea has a port which is closer to Ethiopia compared to the Lamu port. Future prospects of peace between South Sudan and her neighbour Sudan will add pressure on Lamu Port, said SCEA chief executive Gilbert Langat. Lack of a reliable road and rail network for cargo evacuation could also makes the use of Lamu port more expensive than Mombasa Port. If today South Sudan and Sudan go back to the old days and allow passage of goods through Port Sudan, it will impact Lamu Port.