Stakeholders brainstorm on National Transport Policy

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The Ministry of Transport has held the final stakeholder consultative national workshop to present an opportunity to individuals, groups, association, professional body and the general public to make inputs and suggestions into the national transport draft policy.

The rationale behind the workshop,, has gathered is to ensure that the concerns and transportation needs of all facets of Ghana’s economy are covered by the policy.

Speaking at the workshop in Accra, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, the Minister for Transport,, the Minister for Transport, said the final stage of the review process after this national stakeholders workshop would be the submission of the draft policy to Cabinet for approval.

He said “It is my hope that by the end of this national workshop the issues coming up from the discussions would assist the consultants to further enhance the draft policy to enable us come up with a robust and sustainable policy that would stand the test of time and support the socio-economic development in our country.”

The current national transport policy, the Minister said, was developed in 2008 during the era of former President Kufour to provide guidance for the holistic and strategic development of Ghana’s transport and logistics sector to support the country gateway project and is in its 10th year of implementation. As a result, he said, best practice requires that the country review the policy to assess the overall impact of its implementation over the past ten years.

This, he said, would enable the country make the necessary changes to refocus the policy in line with changing strategic objectives and emerging issues in transport.

The Minister for Transport stated that “It is said that the state of a country’s transport and logistics systems is a reflection of the state of socio-economic development of that country. It therefore goes without saying that the socio-economic survival of our dear nation depends on the extent to which we are able to revamp our railways, improve our ports and inland water transport systems as well as improve the state of our roads and modernize our airport infrastructure to facilitate socio-economic development. These can only be achieved through the implementation of sound and sustainable transport policies.”

Government under the leadership of President Akufo-Addo according to him equally recognizes the transport sector as having a critical role to play in the transformational and industrialization of the country’s economy as well as the Ghana beyond aid agenda.

Source: Adovor Nutifafa

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