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Business News of Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Source: EOP

British High Commissioner leads delegation to Tema Port

A delegation from the British High Commission led by the newly appointed High Commissioner, Ian Walker has paid a working visit to Tema Port.

Interacting with managers of Tema Port, led by the General Manager for Port Operations, Abraham Mensah, the British High Commissioner said his visit forms part of efforts to familiarize with the various aspects of Ghanaian life after assuming responsibility as the representative of the British Government in the country.

He said, he had already visited the Port of Takoradi and a visit to the Tema Port helps him to put the activities of the sea trade in Ghana in perspective considering the significant nature of the port industry to the Ghanaian economy.

“For me, we have got to focus on the future of Ghana-U.K relationships. About the next 60 years, not just what has come in this 60 years up to this point which we have been celebrating together so well. I think if you start to look towards the future and you look towards trade and future investments in Ghana, often we think about the commercial aspect of that. And actually, to make that commercial aspect possible, to make sure the growth and the ambition that the country has, it presupposes that you have smooth functioning ports, smooth interoperability ports and rail, and things like that”, he suggested.

General Manager in charge of Operations of Tema Port, Abraham Mensah briefed the Delegation on progress of work regarding the Tema Port Expansion project and highlighted successes achieved with automated port clearance procedures so far.

“We would wish and want to see Britain invest more in the Ports. We want to collaborate with you to see how best we can move our maritime industry forward,” the General manager said.

The British High Commissioner expressed excitement about ambitious strides leading to revolutionize the Ports of Ghana.

Managers of the Port Authority said Ghana’s Port Authority aims to make Ghana's Ports the preferred hub in Sub-Saharan Africa with trade facilitation and security in focus and noted that the United Kingdom is one of Ghana’s key trading partner.