It is very crucial to delve deeper into the transport space as few experts around West Africa have recommended the need for an enhanced transport network, in order to drive the successful implementation of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area agreement (AfCFTA).
Trade agreements being developed must take a relook at the transport sector to provide maximum benefits – an opportunity to boost trade and economic growth within the African region. However, it requires enhanced and effective infrastructure to make the much-needed impact.
In a recent Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) Africa Forum held in Accra, the Deputy Minister of Transport, Alhassan Tampuli, indicated that the creation of a robust multimodal transport network is key to the success of the Africa Continental Free Trade Area agreement.
Speaking on behalf of the Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, at the opening ceremony of CILT, the Deputy Minister said transport will play a key role in linking activities within the continent and beyond.
He revealed that: “On our part as policy-makers, we remain committed to the facilitation of cargo and passengers across our borders and to other African countries through the development and enhancement of ground and air transport infrastructure – From airports, seaports and cargo terminals to maritime and air space management. In terms of infrastructure, we have embarked on massive infrastructure development to improve all of our seaports and airports, as well as railway connectivity”.
Collaborations are very vital and will yield more results than a country’s individual effort as it will boost also the effectiveness of AfCFTA trade activities among neighbouring countries.
Last but not least, insurance must be considered as it is critical when there is an accident because it provides compensation for injured victims, goods, and compensation for dependents of people who die through motor accidents. This is one major reason why vehicles should be looked at, and the validity of a vehicle’s insurance checked before they are boarded.