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Aug 05, 2020

The General Manager of Kantanka Automobile, Francis Kojo Kujoji has revealed that the company will in the next few days in the month of August, 2020 unveil its all-new mini-sedan 1.5 cc vehicles called Kantanka Amoanemaa and an electric-powered tricycle popularly called Aboboyaa onto the Ghanaian market.

“Let me take this opportunity to commend the management of Kantanka for the good job they have done over the past years and for bringing this into fruition. They have done a lot of good for themselves from moving beyond trade shows and exhibitions,” the General Manager revealed.

He further asserted that Kantanka is ready to take over the Ghanaian market and are currently producing at a capacity of eight (8) cars per day but can increase their optimum capacity to twelve (12) cars per day in the near future.

Speaking on Eye on Port, the General Manager of Kantanka Automobile said there had been several efforts since the conceptualization stages of the company including writings of petitions to win the support of governments in promoting their indigenous automobile company.

He praised the recently out doored Ghana Automotive Manufacturing Development Programme Policy and revealed that Kantanka has been part of it from the beginning through series of engagements and are therefore optimistic that it will help the company live its dream of producing in large quantities, vehicles that the Ghanaian market will be happy with.

“Once this policy is out, then it means whatever dream that we had ten (10) years ago should be a reality, so I can confidently say that, we are at the dream realization stages of the company and this year, we are going to step out fully,” he assured.

He added that due to the recent government directive for state institutions to purchase locally assembled vehicles, they are currently concentrating on building more pick-ups and preparing to unveil about 150 sedan vehicles called Kantanka Amoanemaa with a market price of about 75,000 Ghana Cedis for such brand new sedans compared to about 120,000 Ghana Cedis of cars of similar specs from different brands in addition to available good payment plans.

“Looking at the directives from government, pick-ups dominate government purchase of vehicles, so the concentration now is on pick-ups and the mini-cars,”

Mr. Kujoji explained. The General Manager also hinted that they do not intend to venture into the production of motorbikes anytime soon but in the interim will concentrate on tricycles popularly called Aboboyaa and have also have built disability friendly vehicles onto the market.

“Looking at the accident rates of motorbikes, we don’t want to Kantanka to be associated with a lot of accidents. Alternatively, we will be doing the tricycles rather. We have actually developed a system where a physically challenged person who is fit with only the hands can drive the car.”

He also asserted that the company currently has 350 employees and does not consider the influx of other assemblers as a threat to their business.

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  • August 05,2020

    The Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Seth Twum-Akwaboah has commended Kantanka for their substantial growth in the automobile industry in Ghana and encouraged them to increase capacity to capture the entire Ghanaian market and even beyond.

    He praised Kantanka’s initial market strategy and also urged them to adopt good financing model for their products by partnering with the banks.

    “The current Minister of Finance and the Deputy Speaker of Parliament use their vehicle as well so once they got to that stage and started developing the mass market, that was the right thing, but of course, they have to grow it further and I think one area they need to critically look at is how they can partner financial institutions who will give loan facilities for workers, companies, institutions and individuals who can tap into a kind of resource and buy their vehicles.”

    He also urged them to be able to produce at a minimal cost but without compromising quality to ensure sustainability of their products in the market.

    “They need to continuously work on efforts to reduce cost as much as possible, if you have a high volume, at a reduced cost, then the cost per unit also reduces, then you become competitive in the market. But never compromise on quality, just because you want to reduce cost, if you do so, people may use it today, but you cannot retain the customers.”

    He further advised Kantanka to ensure efficient sustenance of their supply chain by making their parts accessible everywhere and also train house hold mechanics to make repair of their vehicles during breakdowns easier.

    “Well stocked parts in different parts of the country in different market centres are very key. And again they need to train local mechanics who can fix these vehicles because for every vehicle, today you may buy it new, tomorrow is old, so definitely, you will need these mechanics to have a supply or value chain system that works.”

    The AGI President applauded government for the new Ghana Automotive Manufacturing Development Programme Policy to promote local assemblers and manufacturers of cars.

    “It’s basically a general policy to encourage made-in Ghana products, and we have always said that government procurement is key if you want to support local industries and therefore government coming out with the policy that government institutions should give priority to the purchase of locally assembled vehicles, I think it’s a very good policy and it should be encouraged.”

    The AGI boss was also quick to advise that government should move beyond procuring the vehicles to ensuring prompt payment in order to keep the assemblers in business.

    “We should make deliberate efforts to ensure that if we are buying from the locally assembled plants, then let’s pay promptly”.

    He also encouraged government to put in place measures to reduce cost of production including reduction in import taxes and called on government agencies and embassies to help promote export of the Kantanka cars.

    “So we have to continuously advocate and government must continuously listen to us, to help reduce cost of production.”

    The AGI CEO revealed that Kantanka has an urge in the sub-regional market and the regional market, but advised that they build a buoyant local market first.

    “Looks like the local market is catching on, so once you have good grasp of the local market, you can then launch unto the other markets.”

    AGI applauded Kantanka for not seeing other assemblers as competitors and urged Ghanaians to develop confidence in their product as well as all made in Ghana products.


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  • August 05,2020

    The General Manager of Kantanka Automobile, Francis Kojo Kujoji has revealed that the company will in the next few days in the month of August, 2020 unveil its all-new mini-sedan 1.5 cc vehicles called Kantanka Amoanemaa and an electric-powered tricycle popularly called Aboboyaa onto the Ghanaian market.

    “Let me take this opportunity to commend the management of Kantanka for the good job they have done over the past years and for bringing this into fruition. They have done a lot of good for themselves from moving beyond trade shows and exhibitions,” the General Manager revealed.

    He further asserted that Kantanka is ready to take over the Ghanaian market and are currently producing at a capacity of eight (8) cars per day but can increase their optimum capacity to twelve (12) cars per day in the near future.

    Speaking on Eye on Port, the General Manager of Kantanka Automobile said there had been several efforts since the conceptualization stages of the company including writings of petitions to win the support of governments in promoting their indigenous automobile company.

    He praised the recently out doored Ghana Automotive Manufacturing Development Programme Policy and revealed that Kantanka has been part of it from the beginning through series of engagements and are therefore optimistic that it will help the company live its dream of producing in large quantities, vehicles that the Ghanaian market will be happy with.

    “Once this policy is out, then it means whatever dream that we had ten (10) years ago should be a reality, so I can confidently say that, we are at the dream realization stages of the company and this year, we are going to step out fully,” he assured.

    He added that due to the recent government directive for state institutions to purchase locally assembled vehicles, they are currently concentrating on building more pick-ups and preparing to unveil about 150 sedan vehicles called Kantanka Amoanemaa with a market price of about 75,000 Ghana Cedis for such brand new sedans compared to about 120,000 Ghana Cedis of cars of similar specs from different brands in addition to available good payment plans.

    “Looking at the directives from government, pick-ups dominate government purchase of vehicles, so the concentration now is on pick-ups and the mini-cars,”

    Mr. Kujoji explained. The General Manager also hinted that they do not intend to venture into the production of motorbikes anytime soon but in the interim will concentrate on tricycles popularly called Aboboyaa and have also have built disability friendly vehicles onto the market.

    “Looking at the accident rates of motorbikes, we don’t want to Kantanka to be associated with a lot of accidents. Alternatively, we will be doing the tricycles rather. We have actually developed a system where a physically challenged person who is fit with only the hands can drive the car.”

    He also asserted that the company currently has 350 employees and does not consider the influx of other assemblers as a threat to their business.


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  • August 05,2020

    The General Manager of Kantanka Automobile, Francis Kojo Kujoji has confirmed that there is no import duty required to be paid on any vehicle purchased from Kantanka Automobile Company and as part of incentive packages for all their clients, the company assists customers to register their vehicles with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) of Ghana free without charge.

    Speaking on Eye on Port, the General Manager of Kantanka Automobile revealed that the company now has a range of vehicles at its disposal which are selling at various show rooms across the country including SUVs and pick-ups in 2 categories, the luxury and the ordinary as well as mini-SUVs called the K71.

    Additionally, the General Manager revealed that some 150 sedan vehicles and a mini-sedan model of cars will soon be out doored unto the Ghanaian market.

    Francis Kojo Kujoji explained that from the initial stages, Kantanka out of a deliberate marketing strategy decided to produce for the high earned market and institutions such as the Military and top government officials in order to get the high profile endorsement of their vehicles.

    “You know Ghanaians, if you start with something small, they will say you can’t go higher, and also we decided to go for a kind of endorsement approach in marketing.”

    He said they believed that this made it less difficult when they started scaling down the grade of cars for the mass market which allowed people to recognize Kantanka and associated them with high profile personalities, and from there, decided to scale down their model of cars.

    The General Manager of Kantanka Automobile hinted that although Kantanka cars have compatible model parts in the market, they have their own spare parts which they have decided to franchise to other dealers to make them accessible everywhere since they had in the past monopolised the sale of their spare parts.

    He said this in an effort to grow their supply chain at every corner of the country to ensure a total capture of the Ghanaian market, even as the country joins the rest of the continent to commence the implementation of the continental free trade area soon.

    “The parts of our vehicles are compatible with some of the models we already have in the markets but then we still have some parts available for our own brand of vehicles. We had initially monopolised the parts but now, what’s going to happen is that, we will give franchise to part dealers in Abosey-Okai and, Suame magazine etc.”

    Mr. Francis Kujoji revealed that it has been their hope to reduce the cost of their cars but the vehicle components that are imported from Asia are quite expensive although the recent Ghana Automotive Manufacturing Development Programme Policy has ensured significant reduction in import duty to about 25%.

    “We want to do cars and come out with models that will cost like, 10,000, 12,000, and 9,000 Ghana cedis but we cannot because the components are expensive. If you put even the batteries and the tyres together, it’s over 7,000 cedis,” he bemoaned.

    The General Manager of Kantanka Automobile, Francis Kujoji disclosed that the company is looking to import about 300 forty-footer containers of vehicle components every year which will be equivalent to 600 TEUs of imports annually especially as they are looking to grow the productions significantly, following the effectiveness of the new Ghana Automotive Manufacturing Development Programme Policy.

    “We are estimating over 300 forty footer containers per year,” the General Manager hinted.

    On the company’s preparedness to sell beyond the Ghanaian Market, he revealed that they have already exported to Norway and Liberia and are getting remarkable demands from the Sub-regional and regional Markets.

    “Our first export was to Liberia and to the then President of Liberia, Sirleaf Johnson,” Mr. Kujoji revealed.


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  • July 10,2020

    The Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism and Member of Parliament for Afigya-Kwabre North Constituency, Nana Marfo Amaniampong and a Deputy Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Tema East Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover who is also a member of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism have both applauded the presidency for what they described as a bold initiative to direct all Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) as well as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) and all state owned agencies to prioritize as their first option, the purchase of locally assembled vehicles they intend to procure.

    In a letter dated, 3rd July, 2020 and signed by the Chief of Staff, Hon. Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, the President directed that “effective July, 2020 all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) as well as all State Owned Agencies which desire to acquire new vehicles, should prioritized as their first option, the purchase of locally assembled vehicles they intend to procure.”

    Speaking on Eye on Port, the duo said the move comes as an attestation to the seriousness the President and his government attaches to industrialization of the Ghanaian economy beyond aid, increasing employment, encouraging investment and preserving foreign exchange all geared towards growing the Ghanaian economy.

    “The President by this document is giving a lot of support to this initiative, which by the way is his own baby. My outfit which is parliament for example is a bad example. When we want chairs, we go to China to import. The government wants to curtail all these bad practices.” the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism asserted.

    According to Nana Marfo Amaniampong, Ghana has gotten to the point where it needs to create permanent jobs by implementing such efficient policies.

    “Going forward, the President is saying that MDAs, MMDAs and all state owned agencies and even schools, the next batch of cars and buses that we give to the secondary schools or the tertiary institutions, will be vehicles which have been assembled in Ghana here. That will tell people how serious the president is as far as his policies are concern,” he echoed.

    The Deputy Minister of Transport though admitted that demand may outdo the capacity of local manufacturers from the early stages, eventually the benefit will far compensate for the initial inconveniences.

    “Imagine all these MMDAs, how many manufacturing companies do we even have, I am sure Nissan and one or two others, but every institution and the kind of vehicle they want, be it, saloon cars, pickups, land cruisers etc., so it’s going to take quite a little time. But we need to encourage ourselves, because the vision that the president has brought is a very laudable one,” the Deputy Transport Minister added.


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  • July 10,2020

    On Tuesday March 3, 2020, Parliament adopted and approved the Joint Committees on Finance, Trade, Industry and Tourism report for amendments to be made in the Customs Act, 2015.

    The new Customs (Amendment) Bill, 2020 sought to amend the Customs Act, 2015 (Act 891) to provide incentives for automotive manufacturers and assemblers registered under the Ghana Automotive Manufacturing Development Programme (GAMDP).

    The Bill is also to prohibit the importation of salvaged motor vehicles comprising wrecked, destroyed, or physically damaged by collision, fire, water or other occurrences as well as specified motor vehicles over 10 years of age into the country.

    The Customs (Amendment) Bill, 2020 will also increase the import duty on specific motor vehicles and provide import duty exemptions for the security agencies and officers of the security agencies especially those who go on various assignments and peacekeeping in the security interest of Ghana.

    The Bill was subsequently referred to the Joint Committees on Finance, Trade, Industry and Tourism for consideration and report in accordance with Article 174 of the Constitution and Orders 159 and 169 of the Standing Orders of Parliament.

    Speaking on Eye on Port’s live interactive programme, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism, Nana Marfo Amaniampong confirmed that the President of the Republic has assented to the bill and thus become law from 30th of April 2019.

    “You know, under the customs Amendment Bill 20202, its been assented, but you know we had to wait six months before it becomes operational, so effective October, if nothing untoward happens, it may come into force,” the Chairman confirmed.

    He said it’s instructive, that 6 months after the bill became law which in this case is 30th of October, 2020, its enforcement will commence.

    “Left to me, I would love a total ban so that there will be pressure on us to act and deploy all arsenals so that production may be tripled and everybody in Ghana may begin to drive a brand new car but given where we are coming from, that may be difficult at the moment, but at least that should be the direction of the nation,” he urged.

    Nana Marfo Amaniampong who is also the Member of Parliament for Afigya-Kwabre North Constituency explained that the time has come for the nation to move away from reliance on such salvaged, rickety and old vehicles to protect and improve the lives of its citizens.

    “We cannot continue to depend on the salvaged cars. And you know, these high rate of accidents, we have on our roads can largely be attributed to that angle,” Nana Marfo Amaniampong said.

    A Deputy Minister of Transport and Member of Parliament for Tema East Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus Glover, also a former Chair of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism contributing on the subject of the banning of salvaged and overaged vehicles said the law is in line with the overall agenda of government towards transforming the Transportation sector of the nation’s economy.

    “The major essence of the Ministry and for that matter, the vision of the President as to how we can promote effective public transport system because we have too much congestion on our major roads,” the Deputy Minister of Transport said.

    He said when the enforcement of the law commences, it will improve the transport sector through modernized standards. “I believe sincerely that, we can cure this problem of congestion, where we have all kinds of vehicles that are overaged being imported into our country and also serve as another way to prevent Ghana becoming a dumping ground for such substandard vehicles. And there are times that when some of these vehicles are imported, their parts may not even be available and they have to improvise and these contribute to some of the accidents on our roads,” he explained.

    He said the law will ensure safety of cars, drivers and passengers and reduce records of accidents and traffic congestion in Ghana.

    “We cannot say that because of the Commercial vehicles, we should allow all kinds of vehicles into our country, there should be a stop somewhere, so that we will be able to control the system. And some of these vehicles come in the form of cargo vans then they are sent to the garages and do some improvise seats in those wagons but originally that’s not how they came,” Titus-Glover emphasized.

    The Deputy Minister urged Ghanaians to re-orient themselves to embrace the new law that will ban the importation of such salvaged and overaged vehicles as the Ministry of Finance lead the way to commence public sensitization.

    “Importers need to conform with the law and to do that, it is a matter of education and advocacy to let the public know, because even somebody will say that the law has been passed and we are not aware of it, indeed ignorance of the law is no excuse, but the Ministry of Finance and Customs Division must commence intensive education to sensitize, that the following law will be operational from October barring all unforeseen circumstances,” the Deputy Transport Minister and Member of Parliament advised.


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  • July 02,2020

    Stakeholders in the transit sector including Ghana Shippers’ Authority, Ghana Highways Authority, Niger Shippers’ Council, Mali Shippers’ Council, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA)-Customs Division, Burkina Shippers’ Council, Burkina Chamber of Commerce, National Security and the State Insurance Company have reviewed the performance of transit trade for the first half of 2020.

    At a second quarter meeting of the Greater Accra Transit Shipper Committee held at the Ghana Shippers’ House issues such as the impact of COVID-19 on trade and challenges associated with the implementation of the newly introduced Integrated Customs Management Systems (ICUMS), among others were discussed by the stakeholders.

    Challenges mentioned raised include, the return to the manual clearance of goods at the Ports, physical escorts of transit goods instead of tracking devices and its attendant general delays leading to demurrage and rent charges.

    A representative of the Mali Shippers’ Council appealed to the GSA to intervene on behalf of transit shippers whose goods have attracted demurrage and rent charges due to the inability of the new integrated customs management system to process declarations on time.

    The Head of Freight and Logistics of the GSA, Fred Asiedu-Dartey assured the stakeholders of the Authority’s preparedness to raise their concerns with the relevant authorities for redress.

    The Head of Inter-State Road Transit (ISRT) of the SIC, Anthony Osei Ntiamoah reported that 12,078 trucks carted transit cargo between January and March to Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cote d’lvoire, Togo, Benin and Nigeria while the National Guarantor issued 8,672 transit bonds during the same period.

    The Transit Shipper Committee was established by the GSA to address challenges faced by shippers along Ghana’s transit corridor and also deepen Ghana’s trading relationship with land-locked nations of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger.


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  • July 02,2020

    The Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) and the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) have renewed commitments to facilitate trade by air through regular inter-agency engagements for the benefit of exporters and importers.

    The two state agencies made the pledge when the Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Shippers’ Authority, Benonita Bismarck and her team paid a courtesy call on the Aviation Authority.

    The visit formed part of the GSA’s strategic plan to deepen its relationship with stakeholders in the shipping and logistics industry with the overall objective of protecting and promoting the interests of shippers in Ghana.

    Benonita Bismarck stressed the need for the two organisations to strengthen their collaborative efforts to remove trade bottlenecks inhibiting trade facilitation.

    She said it was in furtherance to this commitment that the GSA established a Shipper Complaint and Support Unit at the Kotoka International Airport to readily resolve complaints of shippers.

    Receiving the delegation, the Deputy Director-General (Technical) of GCAA Ing. Charles Kraikue thanked the GSA for the visit and pledged his outfit’s commitment to work more closely together in the interest of stakeholders.

    He expressed his organisation’s willingness to provide the GSA with up-to-date trade statistics on air cargo volumes.

    Other issues discussed during the visit were challenges faced by shippers as a result of the implementation of the new Integrated Customs Management System (ICUMS), the need for a centralised database for all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for the registration of shippers among others.

    The GSA team also had meetings with officials of the Ghana Airport Company Limited and Air Ghana and discussed other trade facilitation issues at the airport and the way forward to addressing them.


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  • July 02,2020

    During the launch of the operational phase of the AfCFTA in Niamey, Niger on 7th July, 2019, AU Heads of State and governments decided that, 7th July of each year be designated as Africa Integration Day without it being a holiday, to commemorate the operationalization of the AfCFTA and popularise economic and social integration across the continent, as a lever of inclusive sustainable development.

    African countries were encouraged to come up with commemorative activities to observe and celebrate the achievements of AfCFTA in the preceding year.

    As we celebrate the maiden edition of the Africa Integration Day, Eye on Port engaged pundits assess how far the continent has come in its efforts to integrate and how member countries including Ghana are positioning themselves to harness the opportunities embedded in the continental free trade area agreement that has been signed by 54 out of 55 member countries and ratified by about 30 countries so far.

    A Technical Advisor on Multilateral, Regional and Bilateral Trade to Ghana’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, Anthony Kwasi Nyame-Baafi explained that Ghana as a small market nation on the continent delights in the integration agenda of the region.

    “Regional Integration is actually the way forward for our Social Economic Development as a nation.”

    He said even bigger markets are equally enthused about the economic integration of Africa due to the enormous opportunity that it presents.

    “We are anticipating that with the implementation of AfCFTA, it will actually boost Intra-African Trade for the benefit of Ghana and all other nations.”

    A Principal Policy Advisor to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), Joseph Atta-Mensah explained that having a free trade area is the same as having a regional integration and that not enough policies had been put in place by the continent to trade among itself in the past.

    “You want to look at a point where you don’t want to stop exporting cocoa in its raw form. You want to be able to export chocolate rather and compete with the Belgians. Therefore, it requires you to see how you can make your chocolate very competitive in the global market place. And I think this is the opportunity.”

    While praising all efforts made by African leaders to bring the integration agenda to fruition, Joseph Atta-Mensah advised Ghana to take advantage and create a financial hub and focus on relying on manufacturing to remain competitive.

    “Since Trade is going to come, there will be movement of capital, there will be movement of equity, there will be movement of the financial market. So why don’t you look at making Ghana a financial hub?”

    National President of the Borderless Alliance, Ziad Hamoui said civil society is excited that the continent has moved from conversation on commitment to implementation and urged stakeholders to come together and build a resilient agenda.

    “I cannot personally believe that investors are trooping to Africa and there is no potential nor investment opportunities. There is an investment opportunity, there is a high quality product that value needs to be added, manufactured and produced in-house within the continent and then traded across.”

    He said there had been lack of clarity in previous regulations and therefore commended dispute regulation protocols instituted in AfCFTA.

    “There will be an established body similar to what the World Trade Organization has which may have the powers to sanction some of the countries that will flout regulations.”

    The policy advisor to UNECA highlighted lessons that can be drawn from sub-regional economic bodies like ECOWAS, SADC, ECAS, UEMOA.

    Anthony Nyame-Baafi highlighted structures and actions Ghana has taken to harness the potential of AfCFTA.

    He said COVID-19 had disrupted initiatives that were near their conclusive stages.

    On easing up border restrictions by member countries the pundits urged caution.


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  • July 02,2020

    The Ghana flagged Tuna Purse Seine vessel called Panofi Frontier that was hijacked by suspected Nigeria pirates in Benin waters on Wednesday at about 1400 hours has been located and guided to the Tema Port by the Ghana Navy.

    It is reported that there were 30-member crew on board the vessel, out of which 25 were Ghanaians and 5 were Koreans.

    6 crew members, 5 Koreans including captain of the vessel and a Ghanaian cook called Kofi Opuni on boarded the vessel are reported to have been abducted by the pirates and could still not be found at the time the vessel was brought to the Port of Tema by the Ghanaian Navy.

    According to the Ghana Navy, they met the vessel at the Ghana-Togo border and brought it to the Port of Tema anchorage on Thursday, 25th June, 2020.

    According to the Navy, apart from the 6 crew members who had been captured, the remaining 24 crew were safe and in Ghana but the Navy is still gathering detail information on the entire incidence.

    Security agencies at the Port of Tema including the Port Security, Marine Police, Navy and members of the Joint Port Control Units have all joined forces to investigate the incident to unravel the circumstances leading to the hijack.


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  • June 30,2020

    The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority has been supported by the European Union through the EU WeCAPS project, with over half a million cedis worth of personal protective equipment to help the fight against COVID-19.

    These PPEs include 5000 pcs surgical masks, 2000pcs KN95 Nose masks, 2000 disposable surgical gowns, face shields, gun thermometers, gloves. goggles, overalls, hand sanitizers and accompanying dispensers, scrubs and cover-alls.

    These items will be used in the various GPHA health facilities as well as the operational and administrative areas of the Ports of Tema and Takoradi. Additionally, the Regional Maritime University also received a related donation of PPEs from the EU.

    According to the EU Ambassador to Ghana, Diana Acconcia, WeCAPS which is funded by the European Union and implemented by Expertise France, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak is ensuring that partner ports in West and Central African sub region are supported to manage and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus.

    She said, this project is part of a wider policy of the European Union to support maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea area, which ensures that the capacity of Port Authorities in the West and Central African sub region is enhanced.

    The Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Michael Luguje, praised the efforts of the European Union and their partners and expressed that this gesture would augment the Port Authority’s COVID-19 related activities and help ensure that Ghana’s Port environment is safe for business continuity.

    The Pro Vice Chancellor of the Regional Maritime University, Jethro Brooks expressed the significance of the donation to the tertiary institution especially as it embarks on its continuity plans.

    The Sevenlog Managing Director, Christophe Monmarché who was also the WeCAPS focal point applauded the EU and also commented on the positive impact the donation would have on the port community.

    In addition to Tema and Takoradi ports, it was revealed that Doula, Cameroon, Brazzaville, and Pointe Noire of Congo, Abidjan and San Pedro of Cote D’Ivoire, Dakar, Senegal and Lome, Togo are other beneficiary ports of this project.


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