Grant Aid to Ghana for the Project for Rehabilitation of Trunk Road

October 25, 2002

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to extend grant aid of up to 116 million yen to the Government of the Republic of Ghana for detailed design of "The Project for Rehabilitation of Trunk Road" with a view to implementing the project. Notes to this effect were exchanged in Japan on October 25 between Ms. Kazuko Asai, Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, and Mr. Hackman Owusu-Agyemang, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana, in the presence of Mr. John Agyekum Kufuor, President of Ghana, who is currently visiting Japan, and Mr. Yasuo Fukuda, Chief Cabinet Secretary of Japan.

  2. The Government of Ghana has developed the Road Sector Development Programme. On the national, inter-regional and intra-regional roads, the unpaved sections account for 58 percent of the total length of 13,277 km within the jurisdiction of the Government of Ghana. In case of national roads alone, about 50 percent of them remain in a poor state. National Road No. 1, one of the trunk roads of Ghana, is a part of the international trunk roads that link West African countries and is considered one of the most important routes in the country. The route between Kasoa and Yamoransa (98.2 km), however, is not up to standard and is therefore hampering smooth travel and distribution of goods.
        Under such circumstances, the Government of Ghana drew up "The project for Rehabilitation of Trunk Road" the objective of which is to redevelop the road between Kasoa and Yamoransa (98.2 km) and requested the Government of Japan for a grant aid for the funding necessary for the project with a view to implementing the project.

  3. It is expected that by the implementation of this project through Japanese grant aid, the road will be rehabilitated and the transportation capability improved, thereby contributing greatly to the reduction of transportation costs and invigoration of the regional economy.

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