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UK expects boost in freight movement through Ghana’s ports

According to British high commissioner to Ghana, Harriet Thompson, this growth could be facilitated by the airport's operation coupled with existing partnerships between the two countries, and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The United Kingdom (UK) expects an increase in freight movement through Ghana’s ports as the Prempeh I International Airport comes into service in the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi.

According to British high commissioner to Ghana, Harriet Thompson, this growth could be facilitated by the airport’s operation coupled with existing partnerships between the two countries, and the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

Approximately 40,000 tonnes of freight moved through Ghana’s airport to the UK last year pushing the strength of trade between both countries to £2.2 billion.

“I want to see that number go up as this fantastic new airport comes into service”, ambassador Thompson said as she reaffirmed the UK’s commitment to supporting Ghana in promoting sustainable economic growth.

“The UK-Ghana partnership agreement as well as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will be instrumental in that increase”, she remarked.

Thompson emphasised the importance of collaboration between the UK and Ghana in fostering trade and infrastructure development.

She underscored the UK’s reputation in construction, emphasising the quality of infrastructure that British companies build, known for durability and longevity.

The diplomat emphasised the partnership approach, where British companies collaborate with local firms, sharing expertise and contributing to local development.

“I am looking forward to many more collaborations in Ghana,” she remarked.

The commissioning of the Prempeh I International Airport marked a significant milestone in Ghana’s aviation sector.

The airport is named in honour of the 14th Asantehene, Otumfuo Agyemang Prempeh I, reflecting the rich cultural heritage and historical legacy of the Ashanti kingdom.

With the projected annual passenger volume of one million, the airport will provide substantial opportunities and support the tourism industry for the people of the Ashanti Region.

Reporting By Jonathan Ofori, Ashanti Region

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