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I was received in Ougadougou by Mr. Vincent Dabilou, Minister for Transport, Urban Mobility, and Road safety for Burkina Faso. Accompanying me were Officials from the Ministry of Railways Development, Ghana Railway Development Authority, and project Transaction Advisors (Represented by Team Engineering and Vision consult).
The purpose of my visit was to reaffirm Ghana’s commitment to the Ghana-Burkina Faso railway line project and to also conclude discussions on the selection of a private partner to build, operate and transfer the Ghana-Burkina 1100km railway line.
In my remarks, I stressed on the importance of this project to the development of both countries which is why the President of Ghana H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has shown unwavering commitment to the successful completion of this project.
I further stated that the completion of the project would boost economic trade, help in the transportation of freight and passenger between the two countries and further deepen the ties between Ghana and Burkina Faso.
Whiles in Ougadougou representatives of both countries and the transaction advisors held meetings to discuss and agree on the modalities for the selection of a fit for purpose BOT (build, operate, and transport partner) to work on the Ghana-Burkina Faso railways line. Also, the provision of land(Right of way) by both countries for the construction of the proposed railway line was discussed among others.
Also, the respective ministers for both countries addressed a press conference to provide updates to the Burkina Faso media on the status of the project.
The two Ministers later signed a Communique’ after which they paid a courtesy call on Mr. Christophe Joseph Marie Dabre, Burkina Faso Prime Minister.
The delegation took the opportunity to report to the Prime Minister the progress made with regards to the implementation of the project and the agreements reached during the working visit.
Also, I am personally excited about this project because the railway line will be passing through my constituency, Hohoe.