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Ghana – Eastern corridor road development programme - Phase 1 - Appraisal Report
The Transport Sector in Ghana has been providing efficient transportation services that serve as a catalyst for economic growth anchoring on its vision to provide “an integrated, efficient, cost-effective and sustainable transportation system responsive to the needs of society, supporting growth and poverty reduction and capable of establishing and maintaining Ghana as a transportation hub of West Africa”.The Eastern Corridor along which this project is located is defined as National Road -N2 -approximately 695km and one of three north-south corridors (Eastern, Central and Western corridors) in the country,linking the southern coastal seaports to the hinterland and landlocked neighbours in the north. It is a strategic alternative route to the main Central Corridor, shorter route by almost 200km and does not have as many bottle-necks such as major urbanised towns. This makes it a much safer and economical link especially for transit trade.It is also a multi-modal corridor with several sections either recently completed or being considered for construction. These include:i) current expansion of the container terminal at Tema Port through MPS Concessional financing;ii)current construction of a grade separated interchange at Tema roundabout through Japanese (JICA) funding;iii) ongoing construction of the Tema –Akosombo rail line through India-Exim financing; iv) ongoing studies and dredging interventions to revive the lake Volta transport through World Bank funding;v) various sections of the road corridor completed or being prepared for construction financed by the EU, the Governments of Brazil,China and Government of Ghana.