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GHANA RAILWAYS SIGNS DEAL IN BEIJING FOR PASSENGER, FREIGHT LINES

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The Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) has signed a US$500 million project agreement with China Railway Wuju Group Corporation (CRWG) for continuing development work on the new, standard-gauge Western Line, which will offer both passenger and freight services.

The Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) has signed a US$500 million project agreement with China Railway Wuju Group Corporation (CRWG) for continuing development work on the new, standard-gauge Western Line, which will offer both passenger and freight services.

Under the agreement, the Manso through Tarkwa to Dunkwa line, which is approximately 100 kilometres long, will be developed while the 22-kilometre Kojokrom-to-Manso line, awarded on contract to Messrs Amandi in 2017, is under construction.

Put in best

At the signing ceremony in Beijing, the Minister of Railways Development, Joe Ghartey, recounted the “sorry state” of the sector and measures introduced by the government to restore hope and confidence in it.

“The British, who colonised the Gold Coast, now Ghana, left behind an active railway network of 947 kilometres which the present government is working hard to renovate and add more lines and coaches to make the sector more viable, despite the less than 100-kilometre operational rail network,” he said.

Mr Ghartey said that since the Ministry of Railways Development was created by President Akufo-Addo in 2017, it has launched work on sections of the existing lines.

The Minister urged CRWG to give of its best in order to attract more opportunities in partnering with Ghana. He urged the company to build its rail network and also to complete the first phase of the project within the one-year timeframe set out in the agreement.

Windfall

The vice-president of CRWG was grateful for the opportunity, describing the contract to develop the Manso-to-Dunkwa section of the Western Line as the company’s biggest project in Ghana.

He assured the delegation that CRWG would ensure that the terms of the agreement are complied with and fulfilled.

CRWG will fully leverage its strength and technical advantages to strengthen communication and bilateral ties between China and the Government of Ghana, he said, so as to realise the Akufo-Addo government’s vision of a modern railway network.

CRWG has been on the Ghanaian market since 2007. It has six subsidiaries now conducting business in Ghana, including CR3, CR5, CR7, CR10 and the China Railway Major Bridge Construction Group, with over 1,500 local employees.

Ceremony

The chief executive officer of the GRDA, Richard Diedong Dombo, signed the contract with Mr Ghartey as witness, together with Siisi Essuman-Ocran, chief director of the Ministry of Railways Development, and Sylvester Williams, a chief state attorney in the Attorney General’s Office.

Also present were Ebenezer Nartey, a board member of Ghana Railway Company Ltd (GRCL), Laadi Ayii Ayamba and Suhiyin Wahab Wumbei, representatives of the parliamentary select committee on roads and transport.

Earlier, the Ghanaian delegation visited CRWG’s project site in Beijing to gain first-hand information about the company’s work and view projects.