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The Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) has held a sensitisation workshop for haulage operators and haulage drivers, on road safety issues on Ghana’s transit corridors.
Participants at the workshop were taken through Road Safety and Major Road Traffic Laws and Drunk Driving in Ghana and its legal implications, among others.
They also discussed the Implementation of Axle Load Regulations in Road Traffic in Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 (L.I. 2180) and Regulation 14 of UEMOA on Harmonisation of the Control of Dimension, Weight and Axle Load of Heavy Duty Goods Transport Vehicle of within UEMOA Member States.
Ms. Benonita Bismarck, the Chief Executive Officer, of the Ghana Shippers Authority, speaking at the event in Tema, said the workshop was the first in a series of stakeholder engagements scheduled for the year, to address key issues that were confronting the haulage industry.
She said the GSA, in line with its mandate of promoting and protecting the interests of shippers had committed itself, over the years, to collaborating with stakeholders of the trade and transport industry with the view to finding solutions to challenges and bringing world-best practices to the industry in Ghana, in order to make it very efficient and competitive.
“Our extensive collaboration in this direction, with institutions like Ghana Revenue Authority – Customs, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), West Africa Trade Hub (WATH) now Borderless Alliance, Ship Owners and Agent Association of Ghana and the Freight Forwarding fraternity were matters of public record,” Ms. Bismarck said.
She continued that, Ghana had in compliance with international agreements, protocols, conventions and other accords, offered its territory as a corridor for its landlocked neighbours to transit their goods to and from these countries.
She said, following from this, significant efforts had been made to facilitate transit trade and made its corridor one of the most attractive in the sub-region.
According to her, the port expansion project being undertaken by the GPHA, the planned development of the Boankra Inland Port project, activities of the National Trade and Transit Facilitation Committee and other government Agencies bear eloquent testimony of government’s commitment to enhancing the growth of transit trade along its corridors.
“In spite of the foregoing, there were fundamental issues that required our undivided attention, if these giant effort would produce the desired result, she stated, noting that the sensitisation workshop was therefore, targeting haulage truck drivers as one of the key players in Ghana’s transport corridors, because of their unique role.
“These gentlemen are involved in the movement of thousands of tonnes of international trade cargo, through the length and breadth of this country as well as to distant destinations in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger at the risk of their lives,” she stated.
“As critical stakeholders in the transport logistics chain, no effort should be spared in ensuring that they are regularly sensitised and fully equipped on the international conventions, national/regional regulations that relate to their operations, in order to engender compliance,” she noted.
Ms. Benonita said, if Ghana would attain its position as the preferred transit country and become the gateway to the West African Sub-Region, then all must commit to contributing their quota of finding solutions to the plethora of challenges affecting the growth of Transit Trade in Ghana.
Adding that, the Ghana Shippers’ Authority had scheduled quarterly meetings with the executives of the various transport unions with the view to discussing issues affecting their operations.
Source: Sammy Adjei || ghananewsonline.com.gh