Global presence, experience and approach
- DP World has over 30 years of experience managing ports and terminals around the world, including our flagship Port of Jebel Ali and Jafza (Jebel Ali Free Zone) in Dubai.
- We are a leader in global end-to-end supply chain logistics – our comprehensive range of products and services covers every link of the integrated supply chain – from maritime and inland terminals to logistics, industrial parks, marine services and technology.
- We deliver these services through an interconnected global network of over 350 business units in 75 countries across six continents, with a significant presence both in high-growth and mature markets.
- Our dedicated, diverse, and professional team of more than 103,000 people from 161 nationalities are committed to delivering unrivalled value to our customers and partners. We do this by focusing on mutually beneficial relationships – with governments, shippers, traders, and other stakeholders along the global supply chain – relationships built on a foundation of mutual trust and enduring partnership.
- Wherever we operate, we integrate sustainability and responsible corporate citizenship into our activities, striving for a positive contribution to the economies and communities where we live and work.
- We are driven by thinking ahead, anticipating change, and deploying industry-leading digital technology to create the most efficient and innovative solutions while ensuring a positive and sustainable impact on economies, societies and our planet.
Experience in and commitment to Africa
- DP World has a proven track record of managing, operating, and investing in trade infrastructure in Africa for over 20 years to the highest international standards.
- Therefore, We have built extensive experience and knowledge of what is needed to drive and increase trade flows. Our approach is to remove the barriers to trade and create a trade ecosystem to expand the flow of both intra-regional and global trade.
- Our capital expenditure in the region over the last ten years has been 1.8 billion USD, while we have a capex plan of 3 billion USD over the next four years. Infrastructure development and increased trade drives economic growth and job creation. The sector has the potential to generate millions of direct and indirect jobs in Africa over the next decade.
- Our experience in trade enables access to essential goods and products for millions of people across the region. And as trade and infrastructure expand, this access will broaden even further, especially for communities outside of the main urban and regional centres.
- Through trade and logistics, we support local home-grown entrepreneurs to reach global markets.
- Beyond what trade and logistics can unlock, for us, an important part of what we do is to also support communities through sustainability initiatives in the areas of education, women empowerment, health and water provision, guided by the United Nation’s goals on sustainability.
- We have great confidence in Africa and Tanzania – as DP World; we are investing for the long term.
Benefits of DP World to Tanzania
DP World’s proposed investment in Tanzania has 3 key focus areas:
- Modernising the port’s infrastructure – investing in the equipment, processes, and systems at the port of Dar es Salaam to bring operations to world-class levels of productivity.
- Improving ease of doing business by using technology – improving the visibility, transparency, and speed of cargo transit across Tanzanian ports, ICDs and borders by using modern technology.
- Leveraging the hinterland to industrialize – leveraging the young, fast-growing population of Tanzania and land-locked countries serviced by Tanzania to develop special economic zones hosting companies wanting to sell into this region.
DP World is uniquely positioned to partner with the Government of Tanzania as we are the only global logistics company that is capable of delivering the required nationwide transformation across the entire logistics value chain.
DP World is a market leader across all areas listed below
- Ports and terminals – DP World is a global leader in container terminal operations and manages 93 million TEUs of capacity. Our terminals handle approximately 9% of all containers being transported globally.
- Logistics – through investments in feeder ship companies, DP World can offer unparalleled shipping connections to East Asia, Gulf and the Red Sea.
- Free zones – Over 30 years of experience building best-in-class logistics hubs and special economic zones across the globe has developed an exceptionally strong ecosystem that can be
- leveraged to help trade thrive in new locations.
- Technology – is at the core of all of DP World’s activities, and we are increasingly investing in disruptive technologies that will help to transform the global logistics network
All of this is combined with the financial resources and appetite to make significant investments in helping to Tanzania and Africa achieve their full economic potential.
Benefits from DP World’s investment plan
- Reduced cost of trade – due to the inefficiencies at the port, cargo is taking longer to arrive in the country, and shipping lines are forced to charge higher ocean freight costs. This results in higher costs of imported goods that eventually force customers to pay more.
- By bringing the port up to international levels of productivity, will encourage more shipping lines to come to Dar es Salaam. This competition will lead to reduced ocean freight costs. In other markets, we have seen ocean freight dropping between $500-$1000/TEU within a very short period following improved efficiency at nearby ports. Given Tanzania handles over 800,000 containers a year, assuming just a $250/TEU saving will lead to Tanzanian importers saving US$200m/year.
- Maintaining Dar es Salaam maritime gateway status – the port faces significant competition from ports across Eastern and Southern Africa to service its natural hinterland. By providing a modern world-class port service, Dar es Salaam will retain its maritime gateway for the landlocked countries in Eastern and Southern Africa and help them make the necessary investments in the mining sector to support the world’s plans to transition towards a green economy;
- Leveraging logistics infrastructure and hinterland to industrialise – benefiting from Dar es Salaam’s location and improved infrastructure to make it the hub for:
- Value addition – developing special economic zones and logistics parks to enable Tanzanian agricultural products to reach world markets at good quality and competitive price points;
- Manufacturing and distribution – leveraging the location and large local population of Tanzania to make it the preferred location for regional manufacturing and distribution across Eastern & Southern Africa
- Attracting FDI – building upon the above to attract FDI to the country, thereby creating jobs
- Government income – DPW will take over all the costs and commercial risks currently handled by the TPA and make all the additional investments required in the port and surrounding infrastructure, freeing up the government to spend its funds on other critical areas. As a result, the TPA & government will be significantly financially better off than its current situation.
- Visibility & transparency – by using modern technology, the visibility of trade flows and associated revenues will be significantly improved, and this will not only ensure revenue assurance but also allow the development of financial services such as trade finance to develop, increasing the access to finance of local importers and exporters, helping the country to grow faster.
Job quality and security
DP World is committed to employing all TPA employees currently working at the Port of Dar es Salaam and to training them to make them capable of succeeding in the modern global port sector. We have over 98% localization at all ports across Africa.
Training and development
- We have invested over 10 million USD in the training and development of our staff in the last five years across the region.
- As a global business, staff can access knowledge and skills and benefit from opportunities for further growth and development at other regional and global business units.
- The Health, Environment and Safety of all our staff is our number one priority, and we ensure they get all the required training and equipment to be safe and healthy, including medical care.
- We have a dedicated programme called “Grow” in markets where we operate in Africa. This programme provides young local graduates with 12-24 month internships to gain work experience in the logistics sector, with a view to developing our talent and future leaders pipeline, expediting their careers, and giving them the experience to gain other job opportunities.
Community development and sustainability projects
- We invested over 11 million USD in 2020, 2021, and 2022 in clean water, health, education and women empowerment projects in communities where we operate
- In 2022, we invested over 4 million USD in community projects, with over 76 500 people benefitting.
- We strongly focus on women and education and have several African programmes to empower women. For example, providing bursaries and scholarships to female students attending school and university in Berbera, as well as employing more women in operational roles which men have historically held.
- Another example is our investments in training rural women in Senegal to become solar engineers, enabling them to electrify their villages and uplift their communities. They now use their newly acquired skills to build and install solar home lighting systems and share their knowledge with others in the community. Their training has empowered them to make a real difference. Residents can charge their cell phones whenever needed, open new businesses, their children can study under lights, and the village will have increased security, amongst other benefits.