The event also provided a platform for the discussion of pertinent issues as road safety situation in Ghana, spot fine regime in Ghana, the regulation on Axle Load control among other key issues affecting inland transportation of international trade cargo.
Chairperson for the occasion, Esther Gyebi Donkor, who is also the General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Ghana Ports and Harbors Authority (GPHA) stated that the role of haulage truck owners and drivers as major stakeholders in the growth of Ghana’s transit trade in the absence of an active rail system cannot be over-emphasized.
She said Ghana’s ports are in competition with that of Lome, Abidjan, Darkar and Cotonou and that although the GPHA has worked hard over the years to grow transit trade by collaborating with other major stakeholders to make the corridor competitive, there is still room for improvement.
Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Shippers Authority noted in her address that in line with its mandate of promoting and protecting the interests of shippers the GSA is opened to lasting solutions to challenges and best practices in the industry in Ghana for efficiency and competitiveness.
She said haulage truck drivers are part of key players in Ghana’s transport corridors due to their unique roles.
Throwing more weight on the sensitization agenda were the Regional Chief Superintendent of Police Joseph Owusu-Bempah, Regional Police Commander Motor Traffic and Transport Department, Tema Region, and Charles Oduro Kwartey of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC). They took the drivers through the do’s and don’ts on the roads in Ghana, issues of driving license challenges and how to avoid car crashes.
Meanwhile, transit cargo through the ports of Ghana – Tema and Takoradi grew from 1,025,787 tonnes in 2016 to 1,249,336 tonnes in 2017 representing a 22% increase.
Source: Theresa Adezewaa Ayittey