Mirghani Musa's key role in $6bn Red Sea port project
Former transport minister Musa played a key role in the signing of a preliminary agreement with Abu Dhabi Ports, which is planning a vast port and logistics complex in north-east Sudan.
With a war chest of a billion dollars, Abu Dhabi Ports is hunting for projects in Africa in a bid to match its arch-rival DP World. Backed by the emirate's highest authorities, the parastatal, which in less than two years has gone from sub-regional player to global giant, is nevertheless struggling to build a proper African empire.
Almost all of the country's freight passes through logistics hubs owned by Ethiopian Shipping Lines, a state-owned monopoly. But for several years, hundreds of containers passing through these platforms have never been returned to the shipowners.