Ghana Ministry For Railway Development Latest Briefing

As most are aware, Ghana is to construct a railway line from the Tema port to the capital of Burkina Faso, Ouagadougou, under the Ghana-Burkina Interconnectivity Project.

The railway line, which is 1000km long, will pass five regions in Ghana namely: Greater Accra, Volta, Oti, North East, Northern, Upper East regions before entering Burkina Faso through Paga.

The Minister for Railway Development, Mr Joe Ghartey, recently provided a brief update at the recent Meet-the-Press series held in Accra during the week of 4 November.

The Minister indicated that the project formed part of the road corridor agreement signed by members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

He stated that the first phase of the project, which is from Tema to Mpakadan, a 100km line is about 60% complete and would be fully completed by August 2020.

Feasibility studies for the remaining 900km are currently underway, as is the procurement process, four companies have been shortlisted, the contract to start work will be awarded as soon as the first phase has ended.

The Tema route was chosen as the starting point due to its advantages over the Takoradi port concerning the volume of goods that go from Tema to Burkina Faso - 700,000 tonnes which is seven times more than the goods that go through Takoradi.

Source ISD.


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