Kodjo Adams, GNA
Accra, Aug 28, GNA –
The Ghana Shippers Authority has inaugurated its state-of-the art office
building in Accra, known as the Ghana Shippers House, to serve customers in an
effective and efficient manner.
The 16.5 million
dollar 12-storey edifice has Knowledge and Information Centre and a repository
of requisite materials in shipping and logistics to facilitate trade and
transport and improve on the country’s economic growth prospects.
The building would
house a ship brokerage hall, the first of its kind in West Africa, where ship
brokerage and other shipping and logistics transactions would be undertaken to
create the environment for a freight market in West Africa.
The edifice has a
Maritime Arbitration Centre with all the needed paraphernalia for a modern day
centre to complement the processes to make the country a seat of international
commercial maritime arbitration.
Mr Fifi Fiavi
Kwetey, the Minister of Transport, said the edifice was built by a local construction
company, Bedrock Ventures, as part of efforts to give local content opportunity
in the country.
He said the building
was one of government’s numerous projects and that the Tema Port refurbishment
was still ongoing to give the shipping industry a greater economic outlook.
Mr Kwetey urged the
Authority to put in place the necessary arrangements for its maintenance to
ensure the property is managed effectively.
Dr Kofi Mbiah, the
Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Shippers Authority, said the construction of
the Ghana Shippers House, originally dubbed: “Maritime House” was conceived in
the late 1980s as a 15-storey building but was shelved and resurrected a couple
of times due to lack of funds.
He said the
indenture granting the land was dated March 30, 1992, saying the construction
of the building began in September 2010 with work expected to complete in 30
Dr Mbiah said the
building had conference and committee rooms to serve the needs of shippers
creating a one stop-shop facility for those connected with international trade
and transport logistics.
“The facility would
enable us to serve shippers better as there would be a dedicated hall for
receiving and addressing shipper complaints and providing them with information
on all matters relating to their business endeavours,” he said.
He pledged the
Authority’s unflinching support to put in place measures to ensure that the
facility was well maintained to continue to ensure improve service delivery.