Ghana becoming West African trans-shipment hub

Ghana is gradually becoming a trans-shipment hub in West Africa following expansion works carried out at the Tema Port near Accra, says Anthony Firmin, the Chief Operating Officer of Hapag Llyod, the German transportation giant which is one of the world’s biggest shipping lines.

“The growth of Tema Port will further reinforce the role of Ghana as a hub for West Africa,” he told a media conference here Wednesday to announce the official opening of the shipping line’s new offices located in Tema.

Firmin said Hapag-LLoyd chose to base its West Africa operations in Ghana because the country was not only politically and legally stable, but was business-friendly, making many multinationals in West Africa to set up their regional offices here.

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Ghana´s strong regional setting also offered a springboard into Africa and access to market of 350 million inhabitants in the West Africa sub-region.

Noting that Hapag-Lloyd had over the past three years offered expertise and support in the exportation and importation of perishable items such as yam, fruits and fish to Europe and across the globe, he was also pleased that the company´s enhanced presence in West Africa was showing signs of success…..

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