MERIDIAN PORT SERVICE ENGAGES FDA AND GSA BOARD AND MANAGEMENT
The Management of Meridian Port Services (MPS), a joint venture between the Ghana Ports and Habour Authority (GPHA) and Meridian Port Holdings Limited on Thursday 23rd November 2018 held a stakeholder interaction with the Board and Management of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), the two regulatory Authorities that are engaged in examination and inspection of goods at Ghana’s Ports.
The Board Chairman of GPHA who is also a Board Member of MPS, Mr. Peter Mac Manu welcomed all invited guest and explained the rationale behind the engagement with the Authorities with emphasis on His Excellency the Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia’s directive that only the FDA, GSA and the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) of the Ghana Revenue Authority should do joint examination and inspections at the Ports. It is for this reason that the management of MPS deemed it necessary to update the two agencies on the progress of work as far as the Tema Port Expansion Project is concerned
The CEO of MPS, Mohammed Samara stated that the Maritime industry in Ghana was increasingly growing and therefore required modernization of its infrastructure to accommodate the anticipated evolution
He took the officials through the various stages of the construction of the Ultramodern terminal. He explained that, the new terminal which is 60% complete will allow Tema Port to attract larger volumes of cargo and be in the capacity to serve the whole west Africa sub region through trans-shipment service upon completion. This will not only boost inland service but will greatly boost the Ghanaian Economy since it will be playing a role in West Africa as a bridging point for the flows to the neighboring countries.
The Board Chairman together with the CEO and the Project Director, Mark Nolet, took the delegation on a tour of the facility which is expected to commence operations in 6months. He explained that the system in place by MPS will increase the turnaround time of business at the port but urged the officials of the two agencies to perform their duties without compromising trade facilitation.
The Board and Management of FDA and GSA both expressed their satisfaction with the level of progress of the project and appealed to the leadership of MPS to ensure there will be sufficient space for their various institutions to conduct their duties effectively and efficiently.