Past event

Research Event

Djibouti's Strategic Position in the Horn of Africa

Chatham House, London

Africa Programme, Horn of Africa Project

Event documents

Meeting Summary: Djibouti's Strategic Position in the Horn of Africa
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HE Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh, Minister of Economy, Finance and Planning, Republic of Djibouti
Chair: Dr David Styan, Birkbeck College, University of London


HE Ilyas Moussa Dawaleh will detail Djibouti's plans for maintaining economic growth and increasing development, and will discuss his country's engagements with neighbours in the region.

Djibouti plays a vital strategic role in the Horn of Africa. Its location at the entrance to the Red Sea - and its status as a free trade area - mean that the Port of Djibouti provides an economic lifeline for countries in the region seeking to re-export goods to the Middle East and Europe. As host to the only American military base in Africa, in addition to being a stopping point for dozens of navies engaged in counter-piracy activities in the Indian Ocean, Djibouti also plays a crucial part in regional security dynamics.