By Maxwell Okamafo Addo
Government has reiterated it commitment to the construction of an integrated transport system in the scountry.
This was made known when the Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, Hans Docter paid a courtesy call on him at the Flagstaff House in Accra
Vice President Kwesi Amissah-Arthur further stated that the governments focus of constructing an integrated transport system is to further open up the economy, creates decent and well-pay jobs and reduce postharvest losses. It will also facilitate and position the country as transport hub in the sub-region for the transportation of goods and services to the market centre’s and especially to neighboring landlocked countries.
He said in pursue of this the government has been undertaking massive road construction and rehabilitation and expansion of the Tema and Takoradi harbours. The railway sector will soon be tackled to play it needed role in the economy.
He therefore appealed to the Netherlands to support the government with expertise especially in the area of port management and in the oil and gas sector.
Adding that Nederland has a long and rich history when it comes to oil and gas with them having Shel and Vitol in Ghana over the years .
Vice President Amissah-Arthur said the government is in the process of engaging stakeholders in Ghana and abroad to raise the necessary resources for the development of inland ports to reduce pressure on both the Tema and Takoradi harbours and the roads. He invited Dutch investors to also explore opportunities in the area of agro processing and acqua culture. He said the rising expectations of Ghanaians make it also imperative.
Oh his part the Nederland ambassador to Ghana Hans Docter praised Ghana for it democratic credentials’ and stated that it was enviable
He stated that they are in touch with the private sector and are inviting them to Nederland for them to study the ports system there and see how best to also raise funds to help in the area of port infrastructure in Ghana as well as try and put up a port management school in Ghana to forestall the problems associated with our port system in Ghana.