Sao Tome Minister for Infrastructure, Natural Resources, and Environment, Mr. Adelino Cardoso, has embarked on a working visit to the Port of Takoradi in Ghana, with a keen interest in exploring business opportunities.
The purpose of the visit is to establish Ghana as a vital transhipment corridor for Sao Tome and Principe.
Mr. Cardoso's visit follows a previous visit to Sao Tome by Ghana's Minister of Transport, Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, in February, focusing on Ghana and Gulf of Guinea Airspace Management cooperation.
Speaking on the potential for collaboration, Mr Cardoso noted that Ghana's strategic location along the Gulf of Guinea positioned it perfectly to serve as a transit point for goods destined for his country.
During the visit, he was guided through various infrastructure projects within the Port of Takoradi.
Among the key areas explored were the ATS-Container and Multipurpose Terminal, the Takoradi Oil and Gas Terminal, the New Dry Bulk Terminal, the Liquid Bulk Terminal, and Tacotel.
These facilities collectively highlight the growth and modernization of the Port of Takoradi.
The Minister of Transport, Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, highlighted the numerous expansion projects undertaken within the port recently.
These initiatives aim to enhance ship turnaround times, accommodate larger vessels, and promote increased marine traffic.
Mr. Asiamah emphasised the government's commitment to developing the Port, noting, “The government of Ghana and partners had committed resources and expertise to ensure that the Port lived up to current business responsibilities.”
In addition, he mentioned the operationalization of the multi-purpose terminal, set to begin in January.
This development represents a significant milestone in the maritime trade sector.
Mr Asiamah anticipates the arrival of the first ship in January, marking a new era in the port's operations.