Caretaker Finance Minister and Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu says the government under President Akufo-Addo has embarked on massive infrastructural developments in aviation to ensure that existing airports meet international standards.

Key among these innovations, he says, is the expansion of the Kumasi and Tamale airports both of which are expected to be completed and opened to the general public in 2021.

Additionally, he said that the rehabilitation works of the Sunyani Airport (Phase I) is about 93 percent complete and is expected to be completed in 2021 for the airport to resume operations.

“Government over the years has embarked on massive infrastructural
developments to facelift existing airports to meet international standards,” he said.

The Caretaker Finance Minister also stated that as part of the government’s policy to ensure that all regional capitals have at least an aerodrome to improve connectivity and boost tourism, feasibility studies for the development of an airport in Cape Coast has commenced.

Other sites identified for the construction of aerodromes include Apowa-Mpohor, Yendi, Mole, Navrongo, Paga and Kete Krachi through Public-Private Partnerships (PPP).

Additionally, he said the Government is committed to continuing its programme of modernising the country’s sea ports to position them as the leading container hub within the West African Sub-region.

“At the Tema Port, three berths of the Dedicated Container Terminal (MPS Terminal 3) were completed and are in operation.

“The remaining berth has progressed ahead of schedule and is expected to be completed in 2021.”

Supporting his argument he said that at the Takoradi Port, the development of a Container and a Multi-purpose Terminal by Ibistek Limited, a wholly-owned Ghanaian Company is progressing steadily.

The marine and dredging works he says has been completed and the construction of a 600-meter quay wall will be completed in 2021.

He furthered by stating that a 30-year Concession Agreement has been executed between the Ghana Shippers’ Authority and Ashanti Port Services Limited to develop an Integrated Logistics Terminal at Boankra.

This he says will decongest the Tema Port and facilitate transit trade especially to landlocked countries of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger in the context of AfCTFA.