By Godfred A. Polkuu, GNA
April 09, GNA – The inception report of phase one of feasibility studies on the
Ghana-Burkina Faso railway interconnectivity project was at the weekend
presented in Bolgatanga, the Upper East Regional capital.
objective of the project is to develop railway interconnectivity from the Tema
Port in Ghana to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso.
would improve passenger and cargo transportation and logistics chain on the
corridor, and accelerate development and economic growth of both countries.
The scope of
work on the project, which are in four phases, has as its first phase the
preliminary studies, which involves preparation of files regulating the
guidelines, challenges and the project strategic orientations.
entails procurement process for private partner, while phases three and four
are analysis of technical studies conducted by the private partner, and
monitoring and supervision of construction and work acceptance.
Appiah-Kubi, the Deputy Minister for Railways Development who spoke to
Journalists at the programme, said the meeting was a point of reconciliation
for the Governments of Ghana and Burkina Faso, and their Consultants to think
that the meeting was “for them to understand us properly and for us to also
understand how they are going to do what we expect of them.
inception report is to give us their understanding of the project as described
in the terms of reference.”
Asked how long
it would take to complete the project, Mr Appiah-Kubi, who is the Member of
Parliament (MP) for the Asante Akim North Constituency in the Ashanti Region,
gave the assurance that plans were far advanced, and soon the industrial city
of Tema would be connected by rail to Ouagadougou.
Victorien Toe, Technical Advisor for the Ministry of Transport, Urban Mobility
and Road Safety of Burkina Faso, who addressed the opening of the meeting, said
there were shortcomings in the work of the Consultants of the project.
Even though the
Minister did not state the challenges, he expressed confidence that all issues
would be ironed out by the close of the consultative meeting on the report.
The meeting was
attended by Technocrats from the two countries.