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Gov’t considers introduction of bullet trains

Comment: Chesterfield Faring PR News-27 Mar 15

Prof Lungu
2015-05-10 01:22:06
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Gov’t considers introduction of bullet trains

Chesterfield Faring Ltd. Announces Bullet Train to Be Developed in Ghana
Mar 27, 2015, 15:39 ET from Chesterfield Faring Ltd.

NEW YORK, March 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Republic of Ghana is pleased to announce that the Minister of Public Private Partnerships (PPP), the Honorable Dr. Rashid Pelpuo (MP), through the Office of the President, has recently exclusively engaged New York investment bank, Chesterfield Faring Ltd. (CFL) to devise a Request for Proposal (RFP) to build an elevated light rail mass transit commuter system connecting a newly developed trade zone and TOD (Transit Oriented Development) to the Accra Airport plus a connecting bullet train from Accra to Kumasi that will allow traffic to arrive from Accra to Kumasi line in less than 1.4 hours from station to station.

The RFP shall cover a 120,000 square meter TOD in Accra plus a 65,000 square meter TOD in Kumasi. Each TOD will include shopping, public and private parks and gardens, office towers, a hotel with conference spaces, and the balance residential towers (1,000 units) with full amenities. Each TOD may induce other developments in the locale. Initial estimates for Phase 1 of the RFP is USD $12 billion growing to USD $30 billion over the balance of the decade. Bids will be considered after the master plan of the rail and TOD are completed in the RFP.

Mr. Lawrence J. Selevan, the CEO of CFL, visited with the Honorable Dr. Pelpuo last week in Accra, Ghana. During his stay, Mr. Selevan met with the Departments of Transportation, Housing, and Finance to coordinate the underwriting of the RFP. In a quote from Mr. Selevan, "I believe that Ghana is ready for a state of the art mass transit system that will speed up the commute for millions of everyday citizens in both Accra and Kumasi. Also, the USD $30 billion should have a 3.0-3.5 multiplier effect increasing immediate economic activity to almost USD $100 billion before the end of the decade, as well as the aftermath of the investment; increasing GDP by almost 3% per annum, growing to over USD $2.0 billion annually. The immediate impact will be apparent as vehicular congestion allows more access and an easier flow of traffic, both for commuters and freight transportation."

The Honorable Dr. Pelpuo remarked, "We sought out the best firm with the greatest vision to improve the everyday lives of all of our citizens through an improved affordable transit system. We will be building beautiful sustainable 'cities within our city' that will be a model for all of Africa into the future."

Mr. Earl N. Caldwell II and Mr. Kevin A. Copeland of The Catalyst Group, a Ghanaian based real estate developer, has provided local guidance to CFL to navigate the local markets, demand drivers, and interpreted the macro vision for the RFP.

For further information contact Lawrence J. Selevan at the offices of Chesterfield Faring Ltd. at: 212.300.3775 or 212.405.2501.

SOURCE Chesterfield Faring Ltd.

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