The United Kingdom and Ghana partnership brought in £80.3M to build a new major road system, creating jobs and building expertise across Ghana.
A statement issued by the British High Commission in Accra said the partnership aims to build the Tema-Aflao highway agreed between BHM Construction International, a British company and the Ministry of Roads and Highways.
According to the statement, the more than 500 Ghanaians will be employed by the Tema to Aflao project, which forms part of the ECOWAS coastal expressway.
The Ministry of Roads and Highways signed a contract with BHM Construction International and the British High Commission witnessed the signing.
The statement also said that the project would improve Ghana’s transport links whilst creating skilled jobs for local people across the country.
“The significant strengthening of Ghana’s road system shows the UK-Ghana partnership at its best; a long-term partnership working for the long-term benefit of Ghana. Together we are committed to creating opportunities that move beyond aid and towards the trade and investment relationships which drive economic growth and local job creation.” said Iain Walker, the British High Commissioner to Ghana.
According to the statement, BHM is a civil engineering company specialising in airports and roads and it recently increased their capacity across the Sub Saharan market. It continued to say that the Tema to Aflao road project would see a major upgrade to the road system between Tema and the border with Togo.
The new section of the highway had been agreed by the ECOWAS nations and will strengthen the West African transport network it will also link the Ivory Coast and Nigeria and cities on the route.
“BHM are privileged to be partnering the Government of Ghana for the delivery of the critical road corridor in Tema, Accra. The road forms part of the ECOWAS coastal expressway and will create sustainable jobs and economic growth in the region.” said Phil Atkinson, BHM Construction International UK Managing Director.
“UK partnerships with Ghana such as the BHM roads project demonstrated the effective collaboration between the Government of the United Kingdom and the Government of Ghana. These projects show the UK’s ability to mobilise the best of our shared expertise, with the technical skills to offer world-class solutions, to the increasing need for improving infrastructure in Ghana to support its development.” said Adam Afriyie, the UK Trade Envoy for Ghana.