The Government of Ghana represented by the Ministry of Railways Development and a Consortium of companies from the Czech Republic have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a feasibility Study on Development of Light Railway System (Tram Systm) in Kumasi and its environs.
The signing ceremony took place on Thursday 22nd August, 2019 at the Ministry of Railways Development in Accra.
Deputy Minister for Railways Development, Andy Appiah-Kubi who signed on behalf of the Government of Ghana said the plan of a light rail system in the major cities of the country, is to provide ground train services to ease the road-traffic congestion.
He urged the Consortium to give off their best, stressing that his Ministry will ensure value for money. Leader of the Consortium, Dr. Carl Laryea of Knights Transfer of Technologies, Czech Republic stressed in response that the group will offer the best of its technology and expertise in this area.
Other members of the Consortium included Metroprojekt, Novako EU, Metrostava a.s., Pragoimex, Ingos s.r.o. and Electroline a.s.
The Ministry of Railways Development (MORD) is seeking to drive the use of railway infrastructure to help support the Government’s agenda to push Ghana’s industrialization as well as providing alternative transport modes.
In order to achieve this, the Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Railways Development (MORD) intends to introduce the Light Rail Transit System, which will aid in the reduction of traffic congestion into the regional capitals in the country, starting in Accra and Kumasi respectively.
Due to budgetary constraints on government revenue, the Ministry intends to realize these projects through the use of Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements. Based on this goal, the Ministry since 2017 began the search for suitable partners.
As part of the search, Knight Transfer of Technologies, leading a Consortium of seven companies visited Ghana in February this year to undertake preliminary studies and have identified Kumasi as the priority city.
Further to the preliminary studies, the lead consultant, Dr. Carl Laryea of Knights Transfer of Technologies in the Czech Republic, extended an invitation to the Ministry for a meeting to showcase the various technologies in the Light Rail Metro System (Tram System) in order to enhance and build knowledge in sub-urban passenger rail systems, which are to be introduced in Kumasi and subsequently Accra.
On 23rd April, 2019, Deputy Minister for Railways Development, Appiah-Kubi, accompanied by technical advisors from the Ministry visited the Czech Republic.
The Ghanaian delegation held meetings with representatives from the Czech Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Industry as well as the Czech Ambassador to Ghana H.E. Magita Fuchsova.
The Delegation also visited the Czech Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation and the Czech Export Bank, as the financial institutions who have expressed interest in providing funding for the development of railways in Ghana.