The Ghana Shippers’ Authority has organised a bidder’s conference for six companies that have been shortlisted out of the initial 29 who expressed interest to invest in the boankra inland port project near Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
This very important infrastructure would link the ports of Tema and Takoradi to the inner parts of the country and the landlocked countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.
The facility is expected to be a free port that would combine unimodal and inter-modal operations aimed at facilitating the transit trade.The bidder’s conference, therefore, offered opportunity for interested bidders to seek clarifications relating to the project and get related responses.
Addressing the conference, the Deputy Minister for Transport, Daniel Titus-Glover said government is developing the necessary framework to create the enabling environment for the private sector to contribute to the development of transport infrastructure in Ghana.
Titus-Glover also outlined some benefits of the boankra inland project when completed which included opening the country up for business.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority, Benonita Bismarck mentioned among other things the availability of voice and data network set ups, Shippers’ Centre which will host offices, electricity, boreholes and a litigation-free 400 acre of land are available for the investors to leverage on.