The Minister for Transport has appealed to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and other big players in the Blue Economy, to effectively collaborate with Ghana to develop its maritime industry.
Among the areas, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, is seeking for collaboration are safety, port expansion and reforms to transform the Ghanaian maritime industry.
The Transport Minister made this observation when the Secretary-General of the IMO, Kitack Lim paid a courtesy call on him at his office, Tuesday, to outline some strategic plans the Organisation intends to embark on to support the maritime industry in Africa, especially, Ghana.
“The marine belongs to all of us but the business on our waters do not belong to all of us. So, I will appeal to the IMO and the big players to also try to collaborate with us. We are not saying that they should give us aid or gift but they should try to collaborate with us in terms of safety and some other areas.
“Apart from that, we need a lot of reforms to at least catch up with the big players. So if they are bringing in any reforms – not that we want them out of business but we also cannot be going back forever,” he noted.
He added, “…without your collaboration, it will be very difficult to protect and develop the maritime industry.”
Mr. Lim whose visit to Ghana was the first since assuming the highest position of the IMO told the Transport Minister that a lot of activities in the maritime industry in Africa are not much known to the rest of the world.
His visit to some countries on the continent, he explained, is to familiarise himself with the challenges confronting them and see how best the Organization could support them.
“Singapore has seen a lot of development for the last 20 years. Similarly, I see the big potentials here [Ghana]. I am talking with my people on how we will promote relevant economic activities at the international level. So, we need a strategy,” he urged.
Mr. Lim added, “That is why I have asked the technical division to set up a special strategy for Africa. However, leadership is a very important key towards this developmental drive,” he noted.