Toamasina port in Madagascar expands with help from funding and expertise from Japan
Madagascar is the largest island off the coast of Africa and offers a wealth of culture and opportunity. Its main port in Toamasina handles approximately 80% of domestic and global products. It connects this corner of Africa to the rest of the world.
And it starts a new life by quadrupling its load capacity and prepares for the economy of the future.
Japan is financing the expansion with loans and providing technical expertise during the construction phase of the project. As Madagascar’s population grows, so does the need for a larger port facility and more infrastructure.
Christian Eddy Avellin, General Manager of the port authority in Toamasina, explained why the expansion is so important: “The current infrastructure in the port is 50 years old and is out of date. Today we have a single container pier with limited depth and limited storage space.”
It is hoped that with the expansion the port will be able to handle up to 1,000,000 containers per year, from just 250,000 at present.
All this was made possible thanks to a 350 million euro development aid loan from Japan. While directly aiding Madagascar, they also hope to strengthen ties with the wider region and create a stable trading area governed by the rule of law.
Highlighting the benefits, Tanaka Kaori, chief representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency, said: “This project is part of this vision to strengthen connectivity through the development of quality infrastructure. The Japanese government is committed to a free and open international order based on the rule of law in the Indo-Pacific region.” “He believes that establishing it will ensure peace and prosperity in this region and beyond.”
The direct development benefits to the island nation will be significant. Officials expect the creation of up to 1,000 new jobs, as well as numerous construction jobs, once the project is completed.
This provides an economic boost to the city of Toamasina, but improved road and rail links are also planned to provide access to the country’s new port facilities more broadly.