Mr. Fifi Kwetey, the Minister of Transport, has asked workers of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) to collaborate with other state-owned institutions to improve services in the marine industry.
This, he said could help enhance sectors of the economy and improve the lives of Ghanaians.
The minister, who made the call during the inauguration of the shipper’s house in Accra on Friday, said that government was undertaking expansion projects at the Tema Port as its commitment to improving the transport sector.
The event brought together Members of Parliament, staff of GSA, Commissioner of Customs, representatives of the shippers’ authority from Mali and Niger.
He said government was aware of the challenges facing the authority and its stakeholders and was putting in place policies to address the problems.
Mr. Kwetey asked GSA to consider the edifice as a seat for international commercial maritime arbitration.
The Chief Executive of the GSA, Dr. Kofi Mbiah, said his outfit used internally generated funds and loan to construct the building.
“With the support and guidance and direction of the GSA Board, we settled on a 12 storey, since that is what the financing could support with our own limited equity”, he stressed.
The 16.5 million dollar infrastructure, he revealed has a ship brokerage hall, which is first of its kind in West Africa.
According to Mr. Mbiah, the office also comprises of a information centre equipped with state-of-the-art technology and shipping logistics, and conference centre and committee rooms.
By Luther King Owusu-Amoah & Dennis Kwame Amegede