Djibouti, July 14, 2012 – Djiboutian President Ismail Omar Guelleh broke
ground on Wednesday (July 10th) on a road connecting Djibouti to
Somaliland, Djibouti's La Nation reported.
The 20-kilometre road will improve trade between Somaliland and
Djibouti, as well as enhance tourism on the coast, the official paper
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Mohamed Moussa Balala praised
the construction of the road and improvements to Djibouti's transport
network, saying the country "is on the verge of a transformation and
proliferation, giving a major place in the sub-region."
Yemen-based construction company Hawk International will build the road
with partial financing from the Islamic Development Bank and will take
18 months to complete, Balala said.