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Sep 11, 2013

Ghana to establish sub-regional harbour -Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama on Tuesday announced that Ghana would establish synergies with neighbouring West African countries to ensure swift and safe delivery of goods and services at various ports and harbours.

He said although the Ghana customs network (GCNet) had reached its end, government would review the process to ensure efficient delivery of goods and services in Ghana's major entry and exit points.

President Mahama said this when President Thomas Yayi Boni of Benin conducted him round the port of Cotonou, as part of his two-day state visit to Benin.

The visit also gave the two Presidents the opportunity to determine areas of collaboration for efficient delivery in the two countries.

President Mahama said the current hassles at the country's harbours were unacceptable and that the development of efficient measures would help to eliminate all kinds of criminal and other illegal activities at the ports.

He said the efficient management of ports and harbours could offer ample opportunities to grow the economy through effective job creation and efficient revenue generation.

He added: "I think it will be useful to collaborate effectively in these areas to bring sanity and good business environment in Africa."

President Yayi Boni, on his part, said his administration was working around the clock to make ports and harbours an effective means of creating jobs.

He said that could only be achieved through the elimination of malpractices in those areas, which his government would work hard to achieve in succeeding years.

Source: GNA