The United Kingdom-Ghana partnership has brought together funding and expertise to build a new major road system that will create jobs and build expertise across Ghana.
A statement issued by the British High Commission (BHM) in Accra, copied the Ghana News Agency, said the partnership has yielded a £80.3 million project to build the Tema-Aflao highway agreed between BHM and the Ministry of Roads and Highways.
It said the Tema to Aflao project, which forms part of the ECOWAS coastal expressway, would employ more than 500 Ghanaians, providing them with extensive training.
The statement said representatives from the British High Commission had witnessed the signing of a contract that would increase infrastructure and create jobs in the country.
It said the Ministry of Roads and Highways had signed the contract with BHM that would see the construction of a major road system.
It said the project would improve Ghana’s transport links whilst creating skilled jobs for local people across the country.
Mr Iain Walker, the British High Commissioner to Ghana said: “The significant strengthening of Ghana’s road system shows the UK-Ghana partnership at its best; a long-term partnership working for the long-term benefit of Ghana.
“Together we are committed to creating opportunities that move beyond aid and towards the trade and investment relationships which drive economic growth and local job creation.”
The statement said BHM Construction International is a civil engineering company specialised in airports and roads and the UK-based company had recently increased its capacity across the Sub Saharan market.
It said the Tema to Aflao road project, worth £80.3m, would see a major upgrade to the road system between Tema and the border with Togo.
According to the statement, the construction of this new section of highway, agreed upon by the ECOWAS nations will strengthen the West African road transport network by forming part of the link between the Ivory Coast and Nigeria and cities en route.
Phil Atkinson, BHM Construction International UK Managing Director said: “BHM are privileged to be partnering the Government of Ghana for the delivery of the critical road corridor in Tema, Accra.
“The road forms part of the ECOWAS coastal expressway and will create sustainable jobs and economic growth in the Region.
“This has all been made possible by the significant support received from Ghana Ministry of Roads, and Ministry of Finance alongside the UK government.”
The statement said working with Nurizon International of the UK and Aurecon Africa alongside the Ministry of Roads and Highways, BHM would construct the Tema-Aflao project between the years 2020 and 2024.
Mr Adam Afriyie, the UK Trade Envoy for Ghana said: “UK partnerships with Ghana such as the BHM roads project demonstrated the effective collaboration between the Government of the United Kingdom and the Government of Ghana.
“These projects show the UK’s ability to mobilise the best of our shared expertise, with the technical skills to offer world class solutions, to the increasing need for improving infrastructure in Ghana to support its development.
“I am so pleased to see that both of these projects will be made possible with the support of the UK Government.”
BHM have recently undergone an expansion programme into the Caribbean and operate in the Bahamas, Antigua and the UK.
The company is looking to expand into Sub Saharan Africa and the Tema to Aflao border road with Togo major upgrade will be their first project in Ghana.
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