Ghana is planning to build the biggest cargo airport.
The largest cargo airport in Ghana is currently being studied for building at Komenda in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipality of the Central Region.
The facility would become Africa’s top location for large-scale aircraft maintenance and crew training to enable quick reaction when disasters occur, with a focus on tourism and aviation excellence.
In order to significantly increase intra-African trade through the African Continental Free Trade Area, the action is in line with the government’s agenda for economic development (AFCTA).
At a stakeholder’s forum in Cape Coast on Wednesday to discuss the state of work done, Mr. Leslie Alex Ayeh, a Senior Partner at Ayeh and Ayeh, the Consultant working on the Cargo Airport, dropped the clue.
He said that the project would promote travel, commerce, and connectivity to boost the economy, create jobs, reduce poverty, and raise standards of living.
Due to Ghana’s advantageous position in international trade, the ACFTA would enable the 54 African nations to merge into a single market with 1.3 billion people.
According to Mr. Ayeh, increasing intra-African trade in industrial goods will help Ghana progress its manufacturing sector and industrialize, creating more job possibilities for the country’s expanding youth population.
Due to the region’s advantageous position, it would also tempt major international corporations to join in the ready market.
Regarding the decision to locate the project in Komenda rather than Cape Coast, Mr. Ayeh stated that the best location was determined to be Komenda after conducting a baseline study of the geographical, topographical, and layouts in six different locations, including two each in Takoradi, Komenda, and Cape Coast.
Based on social, environmental, and economic indices, “an in-depth spatial assessment was carried out on these sites, and Komenda site one was picked as the best location,” he stated.
As part of the project, the Takoradi-Cape Coast Highway would be upgraded to a double carriageway to make commuting easier.
In addition, a railway connection connecting the two cities would be built to transport cargo to and from the Takoradi Harbour and Cape Coast Airport.
Regarding the advantages for education, he stated that a civil aviation school would be formed to offer training in air transport for efficient civil aviation management services.
To make the initiative a reality, Mrs. Justina Marigold Assan, the Central Regional Minister, asked for the unwavering support of all stakeholders.
She claimed that in light of the significant socioeconomic advantages, it was still essential to improving the situation in the area.
Arranged by the Regional Coordinating Council, the forum was graced by officials from the Environmental Protection Agency, Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Lands Commission, Ghana Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ghana Union of Traders Association, Ghana Water Company Ltd and the MMDAs among others.