The Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Theresa May has sent a delegation comprising the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Ghana and a Member of the UK Parliament Adam Afriyie, who incidentally is of Ghanaian descent and the British High Commissioner to Ghana, Lain Walker to visit the Takoradi Port to explore business partnership opportunities in the port’s development drive.
The delegation believes economic growth is essential in every developing country, hence, the need for collaboration for an increase in Ghana’s economic growth.
The British government is anticipating partnership in the area of construction and supply of equipment for the water front works of the terminal.
The delegation was briefed by Marketing and Corporate Affairs Manager of Takoradi Port, Peter Amo-Bediako on some developments that are ongoing at the Port of Takoradi.
Former acting Director of Takoradi Port now a consultant to the new off-dock Takoradi Container Terminal TACOTEL, Captain James Owusu Koranteng, conducted the delegation round the terminal and explained that their operations started in April this year 2017 and has since received commendable traffic.
The British High Commissioner, Lain Walker, said he sees in Takoradi Port clear developments in the oil and gas sector following the ITLOS decision and immense future opportunities for Ghana and UK firms.
He added that the UK has got funding and capital investment to help realise future partnerships.
He observed that future infrastructure projections around the port and railways present real opportunity for Ghana to take the next big step.
“Here, we see the opportunity in making sure that the ecosystem that sits around the port is also invested in and has the right expertise to support. And we believe that the U.K. has *all sorts of funding* and capital investment and it can be coupled with companies who have experience to work with experienced local partners to bring the best outcome for this area and for Ghana”, Lain Walker, British High Commissioner to Ghana expressed in an interview with journalists.
The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Ghana, Adam Afriyie, was impressed with the giant strides made by Ghana to digitise operations at its ports. He was confident that the digitisation will boost trade and investment as the difficulty in getting goods in and out of the country has been minimised. “One of the barriers that there is to trade is that if it is difficult to get goods in and out of the country and that slows down trade and investment. So as the trade envoy of the United Kingdom, I think that the changes that have been made to digitise, computerise and make transactions in the port based on direct bank transactions is a really good move. I think it poses well for the future because there are many U.K. businesses and the U.K. government that want to invest here in Ghana and it is kind of change that makes it work”,