Mildred Siabi-Mensah, GNA
Takoradi, Sept. 5, GNA – The National
Development Planning Commission (NDPC) has held a consultative meeting on the
implementation of the “The Corridor Development for West Africa Growth Ring
Master Plan (WAGRIC)” in Takoradi in the Western Region.
The WAGRIC is an integrated development of
corridor infrastructure and economic sectors along a transport corridor along
Ghana, Ivory Coast, Togo and Burkina Faso.
Mr Kwaku Adjei-Fosu, Deputy Director of the
NDPC said the project has been initiated to help balance economic development
between coastal and inland areas in the four areas by utilizing development
potentials in countries as well as solving transportation bottlenecks.
The target year of the strategic master plan
in the long term is 2040. Meanwhile plenary works had been carried out from
June 2015 and expected to end by March 2017.
The Deputy Director said, the
Accra-Ouagadougou stretch would witness development such as agriculture and
agro-processing in Bagrepole, manufacturing in Tamale, Kumasi and Ouagadougou
and Iron ero in Shieni Dsitrict.
The Abidjan-Lagos Corridor would have the
coastal belt with large urban accumulations, ports and economic sectors.
Mr Adjei-Fosu said the basic approaches to
the project would be the integration of development for corridor infrastructure
and economic sectors and the combination of private investment and government
budgets, adding: “ Both public and private investment are required for
promoting this project.”
The Deputy Director said by 2040, most trunk
roads would be upgraded into high speed way within Tema to tamale though Accra
and Kumasi to attract both foreign and local investment to northern areas of
He said the eastern Corridor and Tema port
would be enhanced together with the central corridor in order to compete with
Lome-Ouagadougou as well as with Abidjan-Ouagadougou corridor.
Mr Adjei-Fosu said there would also be
balanced regional development along Eastern, Central and Western Corridors.
Some participants during group presentations
entreated government and its partners to undertake proper feasibility and
research on the affected areas of the projects put in place good mitigation
measures to avoid conflict and violence in affected neighborhoods.