Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says various policy initiatives of his government are geared towards an export led growth.
“To this end, we have put in place measures such as the Planting for Food and Jobs, mass cocoa spraying, reduction of cost of inputs to cocoa farmers etc. Our One District One Factory aims to decentralize our industrial growth and to boost exports. An efficient port will undoubtedly play a very important role in this pursuit,” he said
The Vice president was delivering the keynote address at the Port Efficiency Conference, held in Accra on Wednesday
“The importance of our ports to the overall socioeconomic development of our country and for the sub-region thus cannot be over emphasised. It is for all these reasons that I visited the ports soon after we came into office in February this year. This conference is the result of that visit and I’m pleased to deliver the keynote address for this very important conference,” he said.
The Vice President said there was the need to do whatever it takes “to ensure that port efficiency is not a lip service, that we enhance revenue mobilization, and stimulate businesses growth. It is only by so doing that we would be able to create the jobs so much needed by our teeming youth.”
Dr Bawumia said the efforts of government to put in place appropriate policies and structures for gathering and validating data to ensure its credibility is part of moves to build an efficient port.
“A more efficient seaport translates into competitiveness for shippers and all stakeholders who make their living and contribute to building this country through the ports,” he said
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