GPHA to build terminal for agric produce

Harden 2A $10-million new terminal is to be constructed at the Tema Harbour, to facilitate the export of agricultural produce.

The Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Richard A. Y. Anamoo, disclosed this here yesterday, when the US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Ms Krysta Harden, paid a working visit to the Tema Port, to have a first-hand information about the operations of the port.

The Deputy Secretary is leading a group of leaders from five state Departments of Agriculture and representatives of 26 US agri-businesses for a three-day trade mission to Ghana.

It is to enhance opportunities for the US to import and export agriculture produce to Ghana and sub-Saharan Africa, and learn about the business environment of the region.

As part of Ms Harden’s visit, she would sign a food for progress agreement with the government of Ghana, a $56-million five-year project, which is aimed at revamping the poultry industry.

Mr Anamoo explained that construction work on the project which is expected to be started in the next two months, will take eight months to be completed.

Mr Anamoo said the terminal project, which was being financed by the Super Maritime Company, a local firm on a joint-venture basis, when completed would have the capacity to handle about two million cargoes a year.

He said the GPHA was an autonomous state institution, which was mandated to sign on to contracts meant to improve facilities at the port.

Mr. Anamoo said the GPHA had initiated a $1.5 billion project to expand the port, which would start in the first quarter of next year.

He said the project, which was being implemented by the Meridian Port Services Company on a joint venture basis, was to increase the port’s container party from the current 12 million to 30 million cargoes a year.

Mr. Anamoo entreated American companies to take advantage of investment opportunities at the Tema Port to diversify their investment portfolios.

Ms. Harden said good port infrastructure was critical in facilitating trade between Ghana and the US.

He commended the management of GPHA for the decision to expand the Tema Port, to accommodate more cargoes and vessels.

From Kingsley Asare, Tema

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