Launch of the 2018 PwC Africa Ports Report- Accelerating Trade and Growth


Launch of the 2018 PwC Africa Ports Report- Accelerating Trade and Growth

Last Tuesday morning a breakfast meeting was held in the Kempinski Hotel in Accra to launch the 2018 PwC Africa Ports Report – Accelerating Trade and Growth. 

The participants were welcomed by PwC Senior Partner Vish Ashiagbor who introduced his colleague of PwC South Africa: Dr. Andrew Shaw who presented the report. After the presentation brief comments were made by a Ghana Ports Harbour Authority resentative on behalf of Mr Paul Asare Ansah, Director General of GPHA, concerning Tema followed by Q&A from the audience.

The report was compiled by PwC’s Capital Projects and Infrastructure (CP&I) Transport and Logistics team using a combination of information obtained from interviews with port authorities and port operators, together with detailed research and incorporating our extensive knowledge of the port, trade and transport sector.

You can download the full report here

In the Q&A after the presentation there were some questions about the piracy and terrorism threat in and around the waters of the Gulf of Guinea. Also MPS – Meridian Port Services – made mention of the fact that the port tariffs are only a small aspect of the logistics chain. For MPS, transshipment is a problem in Tema. Transshipment is not properly regulated as in Abidjan, Ivory Coast where transshipment is not seen as import and export again (with all high tariffs included) but really as transshipment.

Also of crucial importance is an effective customs regime in the port, not one which holds up all containers. On the issue of the much speculated ‘ local content’ the general remark came that there is not enough capital in Ghana in the system to finance everything domestically (local content); you need outside capital – from outside Ghana.

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