Make Takoradi Port attractive — Minister

Port PixThe management of the Takoradi Port has been charged to use innovative marketing strategies to make the port more attractive.

The Minister of Trade and Industry, Mr. Ekow Spio-Garbrah, speaking to management when he visited the port on Friday said such a move would make the pioneer port more vibrant, and rake in more revenue for the country.

The minister’s visit was to afford him the opportunity to have first hand information about the port operations and the challenges confronting it.

He said the Tema Port was attracting more businesses because of its nearness to Accra and the Accra Airport, but added that, this situation was also contributing to congestion at the port.

“Our concern is for the Takoradi port to be attractive. We have seen the expansion on the breakwater; preparations for the oil and gas sector, the export of cocoa butter, indicating that things are working smoothly at the port. It is not congested but what is needed is incentives to exporters,” he said.

The Minster argued that, if the Takoradi port became more attractive for businesses, it could help to decongest the Tema Port saying that, the western port   had huge potentials to deliver to the business community.

“We have seen a clean harbour and offices and that is a demonstration of the attitude towards work and that is commendable,” he said.

He indicated that, the ministry was desirous that the ports of Ghana, including Takoradi offered products and services, seven days and around the clock, not for shippers alone, but also for the clearing of goods adding that, the January 7 meeting with all stakeholders would seek to address the complaints from exporters and importers.

The Port Personnel and Administration Manager, Mr. George Ohene Bredu, who conducted Mr. Spio-Garbrah round the Port, said the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) was creating more space by reclaiming some portions, to pave way for the oil and gas service operations.

“We are preparing ourselves as part of the major expansion programme and also service the oil and gas operations at the port,” he said.

Mr. Bredu said, the about 1,000 kilometer breakwater expansion was also on course to ensure optimum space and operations at the port.

 

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