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UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft (2015)

Railway connection from Ghana ports to the hinterlands, including Burkina Faso

Annor, D.

Titre : Railway connection from Ghana ports to the hinterlands, including Burkina Faso

Auteur : Annor, D.

Université de soutenance : UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft

Grade : Master of Science (MS) 2015

Résumé partiel
The railway infrastructure in Africa and particularly Ghana are not developed, and trade and transportation integration among countries on the continent are limited. This has a negative effect on the socio-economic development of the continent. The Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) strive to become the preferred port in West Africa sub-region. To achieve this vision, there is the need for a good mode of transport of cargo from the ports to the hinterlands, including the neighbouring landlocked countries such as Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. This paper investigates the possibility of having a rail connection for the transport of cargo from the Ghana ports to the hinterlands, including Burkina Faso and for passenger transport in Ghana.Currently, the only mode of transport of cargo to and from the port is by road, but these roads are congested and not in good shape to handle the growing amount of cargo transport to and from the ports. It is known that railroad play and important part in the social and economic development of any country. This is a known fact to every government, however, the huge investment in the railroad infrastructure development frightens the developing countries such as Ghana to undertake major rail projects. The existing rail network in Ghana is currently not functioning due to numerous reasons. The Government of Ghana is committed to reinvigorating the railway sector and has prepared a long term master plan for Ghana’s railway development. However, research on the main commodities handled in the port and their distribution in the hinterlands including Burkina Faso is lacking. And without proper research to prove the economic feasibility or otherwise of the project, no railroads will be constructed.The Government’s huge investment into rail infrastructure need assurance of reliable and sustainable cargo and passenger flow, especially from the ports to the hinterlands, including Burkina Faso.

Sujets  : railway transport infrastructure Ports Ghana Burkina Faso

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