A magazine to serve as the hub for accessing maritime news has been launched in Accra.
Called the ‘Maritime Courier’, the quarterly journal focuses on the development and news in the maritime industry across the continent and beyond.
According to the publishers, the second edition and subsequent ones would be bilingual in order to serve both Anglophone and Francophone maritime markets in the West African sub region, especially the ones along to the Gulf of Guinea.
In an address, the Vice Chancellor of the Regional Maritime University (RMU), Professor Elvis Nyarko, said the maritime industry remains an untapped one because of lack of information on the economic prospects it held for national growth.
According to him, the maritime sector contributes 80 per cent to global trade, hence the need to have an information stock for the country, to help unearth opportunities.
This, he said, called for a redirection of attention to the sector as Ghana, which served as a transit point for land locked countries around it, could take advantage of that existing relationship to stamp its authority while creating jobs for the unemployed.
Prof. Nyarko was hopeful the new journal would harmonise the fragmented maritime news dissemination, urging the publishers to adhere to high ethical standards to reach out to all in the sector.
The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, launching the book, said the maritime industry was a significant area of growth and prosperity for the country.
Reassuring government’s commitment to the sector, Nii Laryea said the expansion works of the Tema and Takoradi ports were to increase their capacities which would in effect increase revenue generation for the country.
The regional minister said there was the need to ensure issues affecting the industry were highlighted for the attention of stakeholders and the general public, a role he hoped the new magazine would play effectively.
“Failure to timely respond to maritime challenges would adversely affect not only the Ghanaian economy but our neighbours who rely on our ports as well. I believe this magazine will serve as a channel for providing accurate and impartial views and reports on all matters affecting the maritime industry in Ghana”, he stressed.
The publication of the magazine would help spur greater understanding, cooperation and trust to help the goal of advancing the maritime sector in the country, a confident Mr. Agbo said, assuring of government’s support to the sector and an attention to the publications for the yet to be uncovered challenges in the sector.
The editor of the magazine Mr. Frank Nutsugah, pledged to adhere to the standards of journalism in its quest to become the leading maritime news outlet in the country and beyond.
By Julius Yao Petetsi & Rebecca Kajelo