November 22, 2012
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with Ghana Railways Development Authority (GRDA) organized a workshop on the Study for Safety Operation and Management of Railway System in the Republic of Ghana.
The workshop was held on the 27th of September 2012 in JICA Ghana Office, attended by the Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning, Ministry of Transportation, The Ghana Railways Company Limited (GRCL), and various stakeholders from the private companies. Representatives of RITES Limited, an Indian national engineering consultancy company specializing in railway systems, were also invited as special guests to share their expertise in the railway development.
The objective of the workshop was to discuss the current situation and issues facing the Western Line (Takoradi-Tarkwa-Dunkwa-Awaso) and to come up with realistic goals for improvement. There were presentations on Japanese and Indian railway systems for safety operation and recommendations on how to deliver appropriate maintenance for the railway system in order to reduce cases of accidents and delays. The importance of maintenance for safety was emphasized and the need to secure sufficient budget for maintenance was made clear. The Ministries, GRDA and GRCL agreed to cooperate with each other and work towards creating a new maintenance budget, which will be based on the Action Plan due to be proposed by GRCL in the following weeks.
The 22-month Study for Safety Operation and Management of Railway System in the Republic of Ghana will be concluded in November 2013, with a final report reflecting the current situation, improvement goals for effective and efficient maintenance of the railway system in Ghana, while ensuring its modernization and expansion.