The National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has held a consultative meeting in Takoradi in the Western Region on the implementation of the the corridor development for West Africa Growth Ring Master Plan (WAGRIC)
The WAGRIC is an integrated development of infrastructure and economic sectors along a transport corridor along Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo and Burkina Faso.
Mr. Kwaku Adjei-Fosu, Deputy Director of the NDPC, said the project had been initiated to help balance economic development between coastal and inland areas in the four areas, by utilising development potentials in countries, as well as solving transportation bottlenecks.
The target year of the strategic master plan in the long term is 2040. Meanwhile, plenary works had been carried out from June 2015 and are expected to end by March next year.
Mr. Adjei-Fosu said the Accra-Ouagadougou stretch would witness development such as agriculture and agro-processing in Bagrepole, manufacturing in Tamale, Kumasi and Ouagadougou and iron ore in Shieni District.
The Abidjan-Lagos Corridor will have the coastal belt with large urban accumulations, ports and economic sectors.
Mr. Adjei-Fosu said the basic approaches to the project would be the integration of development for corridor infrastructure and economic sectors and the combination of private investment and government budgets, adding that “both public and private investment are required for promoting this project.”
He said by 2040, most of the trunk roads would be upgraded into high-speed ways within Tema to Tamale, through Accra and Kumasi to attract both foreign and local investment to northern areas of Ghana.
He said the Eastern Corridor and the Tema port would be enhanced together with the central corridor in order to compete with the Lome-Ouagadougou, as well as Abidjan-Ouagadougou Corridors.
Mr. Adjei-Fosu said there would also be balanced regional development along the Eastern, Central and Western Corridors.
Some participants during group presentations, entreated the government and its partners to undertake proper feasibility and research on the affected areas of the projects, put in place good mitigation measures to avoid conflict and violence in affected neighbourhoods.