In a strategic move reflecting their commitment to excellence and continual growth, Dubai Ports’ “Kigali Logistics Platform” in Masaka sector, Kicukiro district, inaugurated two spacious warehouses on December 6. The new facilities, covering 2500 and 3000 square meters, mark a significant expansion, bringing the total to twelve warehouses within the past four years.
Various officials and stakeholders in the logistics sector, including Mark Rylance, Regional Chief Operating Officer for Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) logistics, and Sumeet Bhardwaj, CEO of DP World Rwanda, attended the event. A highlight was the handover of a new customs building to the Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA), aimed at streamlining operations and supporting stakeholders.
DP World’s CEO emphasized the company’s dedication to excellence, innovation, and customer satisfaction. He highlighted the uniqueness of the new facilities, stating, “Our new warehouses are more than just a physical space to store goods; they are a strategic investment in the expansion and enhancement of our operations.”
The warehouses align with the long-term growth plans for logistics in the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region and DP World’s “Kigali Logistics Platform.” Mark Rylance affirmed a commitment to phase two, including a similar facility at Rubavu border in the western province, emphasizing DP World’s role as an end-to-end supply chain services provider.
Félicien Mwumvaneza, the RRA Commissioner for Customs Services, expressed optimism about improved trade facilitation and cost reduction due to the new offices. Juliet MUTONI, the second Vice-Chairperson of Rwanda Freight Forwarders Association (RWAFFA), welcomed the project, emphasizing the positive impact on reducing storage costs and facilitating business.
The article concludes with the reminder that DP World’s Kigali Logistics Platform, launched in 2019, serves as a vital inland cargo handling facility, connecting Rwanda to neighboring countries and securing trade gateways to the sea.