The Director-General of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), Prof. Alex Dodoo, has led a delegation from the Authority to embark on a familiarisation tour of the Tema Port Expansion Project to acquaint themselves with operations of the new terminal.
Prof. Dodoo also held discussions with Mr. Mohamed Samara, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Meridian Port Services (MPS) – the company undertaking the port expansion project, on ways the two institutions can collaborate to ensure efficiency at the port.
The MPS CEO took the GSA team through a presentation, showing the landmark achievements in the project’s different phases.
Prof. Dodoo, after being driven around the ultra-modern facility, was highly impressed with the scope and progress of work – saying the project will make Ghana an economic giant and serve as the vehicle to fulfillment of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
The AfCFTA, whose objectives include creating a single continental market for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments – and to expand intra-African trade through better harmonisation and coordination of trade liberalisation and facilitation regimes and instruments across Africa – officially came into effect on May 30.
“Without a state-of-the-art port like the one you are building in Ghana, there is no way we can achieve objectives of the AfCFTA,” Prof. Dodoo said, adding that his outfit will collaborate with MPS to ensure success of the project, which he believes will go a long way to accelerate Ghana’s development and boost its weight inside West Africa.
“We want to see this port make a difference in Ghana and across Africa,” he pointed out.
Samara, on his part, thanked the GSA delegation for their visit.
He said his company is building a world-class port with efficient equipment that will enhance Ghana’s position as the sub-region’s maritime hub and boost its import and export sector.
According to him, the new port will be capable of receiving the biggest vessels in the world, making it a very important project in the annals of the country. And he called on all stakeholders, including the GSA, to support the project as MPS works extra hard to meet the 28th June deadline for the project to go live.
Prof. Dodoo was accompanied by the Acting Director of the Inspectorate Division Mrs. Felicia Adams; the Business Development Manager, Mr. George Anti; as well as the Head of Import Inspection, Mr. Stephen Adu.
The MPS side had Mr. Emmanuel Ohene-Addo, Operations Manager; Mr. Cyrille Lemee, Chief Operating Officer in charge of Transition; as well as Mr. Frank Ebo Brown, the Manager for Legal Licences and Permits.
The GSA team also toured various sections of the new facility and inspected offices designated for the state authorities/agencies, including the GSA and all the supporting services.
Port Expansion Project
The ultra-modern Terminal Three will become fully operational on June 28, 2019.
The fully automated terminal is estimated at US$1.5 billion and has the capacity to accommodate 3.5 million 20-foot equivalent unit (TEUs) containers from the previous 820,000 TEUs per annum; and will operate 24/7 customer service and be one of the largest container terminals in Africa, capable of providing 16 different port services.
The facility is equipped with modern technology and operating systems with efficient port accessibility and high berth space to reduce turnaround time for shipping lines, reduce the cost of doing business between 40 and 70 percent, increase government revenues and become a hub for shipping lines in Africa.