Ghana’s Transport sector critical in the transformation agenda – Minister

The Minister of Transport, Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, has observed that the country’s transport sector has a very critical role to play in the transformation and industrialization of the economy as well as the Ghana beyond aid agenda.

 According to him, for his outfit to achieve these targets, the ministry in collaboration with Aviation, Railways and Roads and Highways ministries were working diligently to develop policies, programmes, and projects to ensure that the sector plays its rightful role towards achieving the President’s vision of industrialization and Ghana beyond aid.

Mr. Ofori Asiama said this at day’s National Stakeholders Consultative workshop for the Review of the National Transport Policy 2008 held in Accra yesterday.

He explained that the current Transport Policy was developed in year 2008 during the era of former President J. A. Kufuour which sought to provide guidance for the holistic and strategic development of our Transport and Logistics sector to support the Ghana Gateway Project.

The Transport Minister further noted that the aim for the Ghana Gateway Project was to promote Ghana as the gateway to the sub-region for trade and foreign investments since trade depends to a large extent on an efficient and effective transport system.

Mr Ofori Asiamah maintained that the social-economic survival of the country depends on the extent to which the ministries will be able to revamp the railways, improve the ports and inland water transport systems as well as improve the state of roads and modernise airport infrastructure to facilitate socio-economic development. These he said could only be achieved through the implementation of sound and sustainable transport policies.

“It’s for this, among other reason that my ministry together with ministries of Aviation, Railways Development and Roads and Highways with funding support under the Transport Sector Project (TSP) which went through the Public procurement process to engage a Consortium, Messrs Vision Consult/Plan Consult and Sustainability Works of UK to undertake a holistic Review of the 2008 National Transport Policy” he said.

The objective of the review as per the Terms of Reference were to: critically assess the content and details of the National Transport Policy, critically assess effort made to implement the National Transport Policy, identify gaps within existing policy and planning frameworks and recommend concrete actions that can be taken within an updated National Transport Master Plan to address them. Mr Ofori Asiamah told the gathering.

“In addition to these, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the 2008 Policy is in its tenth (10th) year of implementation and best practice requires that we review the policy to assess the overall impact of its implementation over the past ten years. This would enable us make necessary changes to refocus the policy in line with changing strategic objectives and emerging issues in transport” he added.

The workshop was attended by representatives of Ministries, Departments, Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDAs), professional bodies, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), security agencies, political parties, People with Disabilities, private enterprise foundation among others.

Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

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