The Acting Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Paul Asare Ansah has called on governments of West African ports to identify and put in place alternative sources of funding infrastructural developments in West African Ports.
This, according to him will enable the ports to increase the capacity to accommodate the increasing vessel sizes, develop multimodal transport and drive efficiency through Technology as well as reposition West African ports to support the development agenda of their respective countries.
Paul Ansah who was speaking at the opening of a three-day West African Ports and Harbours summit in Accra, underscored the need for West African regional ports to collaborate to boost trade.
The summit was organized by Infrastructure IQ, a division of the International Quality and Productivity Centre, (IQPC), in collaboration with the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and the Ghana Shippers Authority.
He called on West Africa governments to “develop effective policies to guide the activities of shipping lines and terminal operators and regulate their prices to avoid abuse of monopoly power.”
Paul Ansah also called on West African governments to endeavour to increase export trade in their respective countries.
The CEO of Meridian Port Services, Mohammed Samara said the $1.5billion Tema Port expansion project is on course and that some roads will be expanded to meet the traffic it is expected to generate.
Participants were from Nigeria, Senegal, Benin, Togo and Morocco. The rest were from China, The Netherlands, South Africa, India, France, the United States, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
The summit examined terminal handling efficiencies, how to ease port congestion through industrial land development, dredging efficiencies, Next Generation Container Port (NGCP) challenges, containerization and multimodal transport networks.
It also focused on operational and construction challenges affecting port expansion, development and efficiency for West African ports.