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Doing Business in Djibouti

Syllabus of the Subject: Doing Business in Djibouti.

  1. Introduction to the Republic of Djibouti (East Africa)
  2. Djiboutian Economy
  3. International Trade of Djibouti
  4. Port of Djibouti
  5. Telecommunications and New Technologies in Djibouti
  6. Foreign Direct Investment in Djibouti
  7. Introduction to French and Arabic
  8. Access to the Djiboutian Market
  9. Business Plan for Djibouti

The objectives of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in the Republic of Djibouti” are the following:

  1. To analyse the Djiboutian economy and foreign trade
  2. To evaluate the business opportunities in Djibouti
  3. To explore Djibouti's trade relations with the country of the student
  4. To know Djibouti's Free Trade Agreements
  5. To analyse the importance of the Port of Djibouti
  6. To develop a business plan for the Djiboutian Market
The Subject “Doing Business in Djibouti” is part of the following programs:
  1. Doctorates: Islamic Countries, Africa
  2. Course: East Africa
  3. Masters (e-learning): African Business, International Business, Muslims Countries
  4. Bachelor's Degree in Inter-African Business

Course learning materials in English or French Djibouti Spanish Djibouti Portuguese Djibuti

  1. Credits of the subject “Foreign Trade and Doing Business in Djibouti”: 2 ECTS Credits
  2. Duration: two weeks

Sample of the subject - Doing Business in Djibouti:
Port of Djibouti

Opening of the Hispano-African University of International Business

Hispano-African University of International Business

We Trust in Africa

Description of the Subject (Doing Business in Djibouti):

Djibouti: an economy based on services (marine transport and telecommunications).
A strategic location in the Horn of Africa. Access to the Ethiopian market.

The Republic of Djibouti has an advantaged strategic location in the Horn of Africa and serves as a link for interconnection with other member countries of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).

  1. Djiboutian Area: 23,200 square kilometres
  2. Djibouti shares borders with Eritrea, Ethiopia, and Somalia
  3. Capital: Djibouti (21,200 people)
  4. Official Languages: Arabic and French
  5. Djiboutian population: 890,000 people
  6. Type of Government: Semi-Presidential Republic
  7. Independence from France: 1977

Religion in Djibouti: Islam (94% of the Djiboutian population).

  1. Fiqh: Shafi'i
  2. After the independence, the Republic of Djibouti built a legal system based partly on the Islamic Law
  3. The Constitution of Djibouti states Islam as the only religion of the State, while it provides equality of citizens of all faiths (Article 1) and freedom of religious practice (Article 11)

Djibouti Business

Djiboutian Economy:

  1. The Republic of Djibouti wishes to leverage its strategic positioning to be a regional hub for international trade, financial services, and telecommunications
  2. This small country (890,000 inhabitants) is also characterised by a unique climate of security in this region
  3. Djibouti has created an enabling environment for the foreign direct investment (FDI)
  4. Around the Port of Djibouti and the railway Djibouti-Ethiopia; it has been developed other key sectors: banking, insurance, and distribution
  5. Djibouti, as other city-states like Singapore and Mauritius, wishes to take profit of its strategic position to become a regional centre in the financial, logistical, and telecommunication's sectors
  6. Main trading partner of Djibouti is France; but like the rest of Africa, China is every day more necessary in Djibouti
  7. The Republic of Djibouti offers access to many regional markets for companies seeking to expand their busines.
  8. Djibouti has preferential access to the countries of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), the Arab world, the European Union market, and the United States
  9. The Djiboutian economy depends on the service sector (87% of the gross domestic product)
  10. Economic Growth of the port of Djibouti also has been allowed by substantial foreign direct investment from the United Arab Emirates; in 2000, Dubai Ports (the third world port operator), has obtained the control of the port

N’Djamena-Djibouti Corridor

COMESA Custom Union

Djibouti has preferential access to

  1. Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  2. Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD)
  3. Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
  4. COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Trade Agreement
  5. Africa-European Union Strategic Partnership (Cotonou)
  6. Generalised System of Preferences (European Union-Djibouti)
  7. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
  8. COMESA-United States Trade Agreement

N’Djamena-Djibouti Trans-African Highway

Djibouti is a member of:

  1. Arab League
  2. Afro-Arab Cooperation
  3. Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (BADEA)
  4. Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)
    1. Trade Preferential System among the Member States of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (TPS-OIC)
    2. Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation
    3. Islamic Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    4. Islamic Centre for the Development of Trade
    5. Statistical, Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries
  5. Islamic Development Bank
  6. Forum Africa (Djibouti) China
  7. Forum Africa (Djibouti) India
  8. African Development Bank
  9. Asia-Middle East Dialogue (Djibouti)
  10. Summit of South American-Arab Countries (Djibouti)
  11. Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  12. Africa (Djibouti) - BRICS
  13. New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)
  14. African Union (AU)

Samples - Business in Djibouti

Intergovernmental Authority on Development IGAD

COMESA Certificate Origin

COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement (Africa)

Community of Sahel-Saharan States (CEN-SAD)

COMESA-United States Free Trade Agreement (FTA)

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