November 22, 2012
The Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA, has organised a workshop for the Preparatory Survey on Eastern Corridor Development Project. Participants were drawn from Ministry of Road and Highways (MoRH), Ghana Highway Authority (GHA), European Union, African Development Bank, and the World Bank.
The Eastern Corridor provides the shortest distance between Accra, Tema Port, and Northern Region, Burkina Faso, Niger, and Mali. Also, the use of the Eastern Corridor can help avoid congestion in Accra and Kumasi. The Study area under the preparatory survey, covers southern part of Volta Region, and eastern part of Eastern and Greater Accra Regions.
The objectives of the Study were to select the optimum route, among alternative routes between Asutsuare Junction and Asikuma Junction on the Eastern Corridor (N2), and to confirm the viability of the road and bridge development project and the road development project between Aveyime and Asutsuare.
In the speech, Mr. Osamu Sakurai from JICA said; "As all of you are fully aware, the rehabilitation and development of the Eastern Corridor is a high priority within the road network in Ghana. The Eastern Corridor cuts through potential agricultural land and towns, and it is the shortest link to Burkina Faso. The significance of the Corridor was also stressed in the master plan which was completed in 2001 Japan. The presentation of the Study shows us not only the result of Study, but the bright future plan of the Corridor also, which is expected to be one of the major driving forces of Ghana's further development. JICA is enthusiastic to support this process. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all of you for your cooperation and teamwork."
The JICA Study Team delivered a presentation on the second survey and progress of the study including traffic, natural condition, environmental, social conditionsand social impact survey. They also had presentation on comparison of route, bridge type across Volta River, intersection design and alternative roads.
Mr. Owusu Sekuyere Antwi, Director of Bridges, Ghana Highway Authority (GHA) said; "I am happy about this workshop and we await implementation. GHA is ready to provide necessary assistance towards the success of the project."
Mr. Joseph Amedzake from GHA said; "I think the workshop was held successfully. I appreciate all participants who attended. I hope this Study, during its implementation would help address all the issues already identified and discussed."
JICA study team went the survey trip next day as well.