Standing in a sunny office in Indochine International’s brand-new factory, Raghav Pattar, vice president of this Chinese apparel manufacturer, is ebullient. It’s November, barely six months since the Hawassa Industrial Park opened, and already he has 1,400 locals at work.
Reclining comfortably on a bed outside his mud home, 75-year-old farmer Mohammad Khoso watches life go by. His family is now the center of everyone’s envy in the southern Pakistani village of Murid Khoso — they have electricity.
As the Arabian Gulf region aims for a larger role in the global logistics market, which it is estimated will be worth $15.5tr by 2024, Saudi Arabia is upping its own logistics game and becoming a credible competitor to Dubai in the process.