The Japan government has reiterated its commitment to expanding the Sekondi Fishing Harbour. The second phase of the project is currently underway in Sekondi, Western Region.
The facility is being expanded primarily to promote efficient coastal fishery operations.
The expansion of the facility in Sekondi was requested by the government of Ghana under the Japanese Grant Aid in 2010 and 2013 to enhance the activities of fisher folks in the municipality.
The second phase of the project which is expected to end by December 2017, involves a grant amount of 2,169,000,000 Japanese Yen, equivalent to $20 million.
It is expected to increase the access driveway berthing of the previous 50 inshore vessels to around 106 vessels.
The ice making plant and landing sites which would be expanded would immensely benefit the fisher folks.
Speaking to the press on the progress of work, leading official of the Sekondi Fishing Harbour, Captain Kojo Afadzi, was optimistic that the project would hugely benefit the municipality.
He said the project would be fully be sustained to benefit all the stakeholders.
Tomonari Takeuchi who represents the implementation agency –JICA, expressed his satisfaction at the progress of work and said all measures would be taken to make the project a success.
The Japan government, represented by a delegation from the Japanese Embassy in Accra, organised a press tour to inspect the progress of work on the site.
Ghana has benefitted from the Japan government in the areas of health, education and agriculture, and the two countries would be celebrating 60 years of fruitful relationship this year.