SA and Ghana port authorities agree to co-operate
Mar 25, 2003
The National Ports Authority of South Africa (NPA) and the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) have established an inter-port relationship that will drive the countries to co-operate in port management.
Mr Siyabonga Gama, chief executive officer of the NPA and Mr Ben Owusu-Mensah, director-general of the GPHA, recently signed the agreement at the GPHA headquarters in Tema, Ghana. Gama said it would foster co-operation and support between the two countries in the fields of port management, port operations and port administration.
‘The agreement will boost regional trade and coastal shipping as the parties have also pledged to facilitate interaction between the major exporters in South Africa and Ghana,” he added.
The friendly relationship was formed to further the Pan African Association for Port Co-operation’s (PAPC) broader goal of establishing and enhancing co-operation among member ports of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa and the Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa.
Owusu-Mensah said the agreement stipulates that the authorities will support each other in strengthening port safety and security services and providing technical knowledge in the fields of port management and information systems technology. They will also facilitate the training of staff at maritime or other institutions of higher learning in both countries.
“Our co-operation includes the exchange of port experts between the two countries, the undertaking of studies of mutual interest, putting forward similar viewpoints at international and regional conferences as well as the development of stronger social and cultural ties,” he said.
A management meeting of members from each authority will be held at least once annually and the staff exchange programme will involve all departments.
In terms of the agreement the NPA and GPHA will assist each other upon request and within each authority’s financial means.