By Morkporkpor Anku, GNA
Accra, Sept. 6, GNA
– A-two day African Ports Evolution, West Africa edition forum, has opened in
Accra with the call for regulation and competitiveness to control the industry.
The forum was
designed to provide West African government, terminal operators, port
authorities and service providers up to date information on port expansion and
development plans in West Africa.
It was also to
provide critical insight into doing business in the region’s ports as well as
highlighting the opportunities from in the oil and gas sectors.
Mr Chibuike Rotimi
Amaechi, the Nigerian Transport Minister speaking at the opening ceremony said
technology is critical in the maritime industry to facilitate information
sharing among stakeholders.
He called on
various port authorities to introduce competitiveness in the industry to
enhance effective trade facilitation.
Minister said the west African sub-region needed integration through
connectivity of ports to promote economic development in the various countries.
He called on
participants to deliberate on the improvement on port development to facilitate
effective trade relations.
“Governments on the
sub-region are waiting for the outcome of the forum as a road map to
development the maritime industry,” he added.
Mr Jacob Adorkor,
Port Director, Tema Ports said a $1.5 billion port expansion was due to
commence in October.
He said the project
when completed would have a new container terminal, food and fruit terminal,
transit and trans-shipment terminal, passenger terminal, oil service terminal
and break, dry and liquid bulk terminal.
He said these
improvements would enhance the Port’s competitiveness and position it as a
leading maritime hub in the West African region.
The Tema port has
introduced scanning of equipment regime to facilitate trade and has also
invested heavily in security systems for safety purposes.
“We have localised
GPS surveillance systems introduced to improve cargo and vehicular operations
at the Port,” he added.
He said management
of Tema Port has forged collaboration with Ghana High Authority and other
partners to improve on transportation to the Port.
organisations include Amaris Terminal Limited, Chartered Institute of Logistics
and Transport, Department of Maritime Management Technology, Nigeria Federal
Ministry of Transport, Ghana Maritime Authority and Ghana National Chamber of
Commerce, Ghana Police Services and Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority.
The rest are Ghana
Revenue Authority, Institute of Freight Forwarders, Ghana Export Promotion
Authority, Port Authority of Cotonou, Port Autonome Conakry, Port Autonome de
Douala, Port Autonome San Pedro, Port of Djibouti, Ghana Ministry of Transport,
Nigerian Ports Authority, Takoradi Port, Tema Port and The Nigerian Institute