Mo Farah named ambassador of Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority

British long-distance runner Mo Farah has been appointed ambassador of Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority (DPFZA).

Farah, who’s family hail from neighbouring Somaliland, was part of the ceremony that launched the redevelopment of the historical port into an East African business district.

“We are delighted to be joined by Mo Farah at the ceremony to launch the regeneration of the Port of Djibouti. DPFZA is thrilled to have Sir Mo as our ambassador and look forward to collaborating on future projects,” the Djibouti Port management tweeted.

“Links between Djibouti and Sir Mo Farah are deep, and we are proud to work together to unleash Africa’s potentials,” it added.

Works to transform the area have commenced and will aim to create an integrated ‘port-park-city’ concept.

“The ports are a key node in the transportation of goods; the international free trade zone brings added value to these goods; and this new business district will facilitate the development of services, particularly in the financial sector,” said DPFZA chairman Aboubaker Omar Hadi.

The first phase of the project will focus on the core part of the district and will involve the construction of an exhibition centre, conference rooms, a hotel and apartments at a cost of US$513 million.