Minister for Transport, Hon. Kweku Ofori Asiamah, has stated that President Akufo Addo’s Government recognizes the critical role played by the Transport sector in the transformation and industrialization of the economy as well as the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ Agenda.
He stated these in his address at the National Stakeholders Consultative Workshop for the review of the National Transport Policy 2018 in Accra.
“It is for this, among other reasons, that my Ministry together with Ministries of Roads & Highways, Railways Development and Aviation with funding support under the Transport Sector Project (TSP), went through a Public procurement process to engage a Consortium, Messrs Vision Consult/Plan Consult and Sustainability Works of UK to undertake a holistic Review of the 2008 National Transport Policy.”
The objective of the review, he said, as part of the Terms of Reference is to; critically assess the content and details of the National Transport Policy; critically assess efforts made to implement the National Transport Policy; identify gaps within existing policy and planning frameworks and recommend concrete actions that can be taken within an updated National Transport Master Plan to address them.
The current National Transport Policy, he said, was developed in 2008 to provide guidance for the holistic and strategic development of the Transport and Logistics sector to support the Ghana Gateway Project.
According to the Minister, the vision of Former President Kuffuor who initiated the NTP was to promote Ghana as the Gateway to the sub-region for trade and foreign investment, since trade depends to a large extent on an efficient and effective transport system.
He thanked the Roads and Highways Minister, Railways Development, and Aviation Minister respectively for their support.
The National Workshop was the final of the Stakeholder Consultative process, which aims to present an opportunity to any individual, group, association, professional body and the general public at large to make inputs and suggestions into the Draft Policy.
It is to ensure that the concerns and transportation needs of all facets of the national economy are covered by the policy.
By William Sarpong