Group photo of authorities of the GSA and the traditional rulers of Akatakyiwa
The Ghana Shippers’ Authority has acquired a 25-acre land at Akatakyiwa in the Central Region for the establishment of a freight park for the benefit of shippers along the Western corridor of Ghana.
The park, when completed, would be very crucial for the transportation of goods across the western corridor and serve as a key logistics enabler between Tema and Takoradi ports and production centres along the corridor.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA), Sylvia Asana Dauda Owu, who revealed this to DAILY GIUIDE, noted that the freight park would serve both Tema bound trucks from Takoradi and vice-versa and also provide a critical interface for an efficient logistics value chain.
She explained that the GSA is mandated to promote and protect the interests of Ghanaian shippers.
She indicated that recent global trends have made domestic and international trade prevalent and competitive.
She stressed that major innovations in freight technologies like expanded shipping capacity, new logistics resources and communication infrastructure such as broadband, reduce the costs of trading goods within and among different countries.
“The Authority has established facilities such as warehouses at the Tema Port, built the Takoradi Shipper’s House and set up Shippers’ Complaints and Support Units across the land borders of the country with the objective of supporting shippers to remain competitive in the international logistics chain,” he indicated.
Deputy CEO of the GSA added that the authority had built a Logistics Platform in Takoradi to support the activities of the emerging oil and gas industries.
She also indicated that there were plans to establish the Northern Shippers’ Centre in Tamale to cater for the shippers in the three Northern regions.
“With this freight park serving as a critical link to markets outside of the western and central regions, the GSA has demonstrated again that with foresight and leadership, transportation can indeed be the catalyst for the country’s economic transformation,” she disclosed.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi