Jafza South Carolina set to benefit from I-95 expansion.
A meeting held between the Jafza executive team -- comprising Hisham Al Shirawi, chairman of the Economic Zones World board and vice-chariman of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Salma Ali Saif bin Hareb, chief executive officer; Asim Al Abbasi, chief financial officer; and Samir Chaturvedi, head of global development -- and the South Carolina Department of Transportation, or SCDOT, finalised the details of the project earlier this month.
The $35 million interchange project will be the eastern anchor of South Carolina's Global Logistics Triangle, and represents one of the largest projects undertaken by the SCDOT in modern history.
Reiterating Jafza's commitment to the project, Al Shirawi said: "We are very impressed with the business-friendly stance of the government of the State of South Carolina and Orangeburg County authorities, which adds to our confidence and vision for Jafza's South Carolina project."
He congratulated the local leadership and the community on the new interchange project, which will improve connectivity to the larger Santee area and the Jafza project site, and bring greater prosperity and growth to the local community.
Hareb also emphasised the importance of continued collaborative efforts by the state of South Carolina, the community and organisations like Jafza to reignite growth in the region.
"We have a very positive project evolving in Santee, South Carolina, backed by Jafza's experience in developing and managing industrial and logistics zones, and the State's commitment to improving multimodal connectivity through ports, road and rail," she said.
The chairman of the County Council, Johnnie Wright, said: "This is a very important milestone in the development of I-95 Corridor and for the future development of eastern Orangeburg County. We have placed infrastructure on the forefront of economic development."
Ken Middleton, Chair of the Orangeburg County Development Commission, said: "We must recognise that economic development is a process not an event. It takes commitment, sacrifice and patience as we prepare. Our thanks goes out to the Orangeburg County leadership for their continued efforts and vision to make our community a significant leader in manufacturing and distribution in South Carolina."
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