Help transform the ports— Minister

participantsThe Deputy Minister of Transport, Mrs. Joyce Bawah-Mogtari, has challenged industry players and companies to come up with new technologies that will enhance productivity at the country’s ports.

She said her ministry had a policy, aimed at modernising and upgrading transport infrastructure, particularly at the ports, because of their strategic importance in the country’s development agenda.

She, therefore, called on people who had the capacity to make this happen to get on board.

Mrs. Bawah-Mogtari said this when she delivered a keynote address at the first Ports and Harbours West African Summit, aimed at discussing port construction and expansion challenges faced by all governmental and port operators, and the ways in which they could overcome them.

The three-day event is being organised by the International Quality and Productivity Centre (IQPC) in collaboration with the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).

Mrs Bawah-Mogtari expressed optimism that the event which had brought together regional representatives from 24 countries worldwide, would be able to identify solutions and innovative equipment capabilities which would ensure that the port infrastructure and transport networks remain efficient and equipped to the highest standards, for the next decade of traffic expansion.

The Deputy Minister urged the participants to use the opportunity to learn about investment opportunities in Ghana to enhance and strengthen co-operation with the country, as well as participating in her development drive.

She assured the participants that the doors of the Ministry of Transport are open, and that the recommendations from the workshop would be given the necessary attention.

The Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Mallam Amhabib Abdullahi, in a speech read on his behalf, said ports serve as catalyst for the economic development of any maritime nation, and urged all countries to take advantage of such platforms to share experiences on contemporary issues in maritime trade.

He said even though, the turn-around time for container vessels in Nigeria was two days, efforts were being made to improve on this record.

The Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Mr. Richard Anamoo, disclosed that Ghana was spending 1.8 billion dollars to expand the ports of Tema and Takoradi.

He was optimistic that the two ports would benefit the future generation, and give the GPHA a competitive urge over other ports in the sub region.

He expressed confidence in the security agencies to deal with challenges such as piracy, and said there was no need for people doing business with the country to have second thoughts.

From Dzifa Tetteh, Teshie

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