Ms. Harriet Thompson, the British High Commissioner to Ghana, announced the UK government’s investments in Northern Ghana, particularly in the expansion of the Tamale Airport Project. This strategic initiative will drive Ghana’s economic growth and stimulate tourism throughout the region.
Emphasizing the transformative potential of the expansion of the Tamale Airport Project, Ms. Thompson highlighted how it stands as a tangible testament to the successful collaboration between the UK and Ghana. They accomplished this during the inauguration of Phase II of the Tamale International Airport Project in the city of Tamale.
Financing The Expansion Of The Tamale Airport Project.
The Tamale Airport Project has received crucial financial support from the UK Export Finance (UKEF) initiative in Ghana. The upgraded airport is ready to promote economic advancement in Northern Ghana. This advancement will occur through the heightened export of essential agricultural products.
Ms. Thompson also acknowledged the collaborative effort behind the project, involving British companies working in tandem with their Ghanaian counterparts. The project, led by UK-based company QGMI UK, has already provided employment opportunities for over 500 individuals. Notably, the initiative incorporates environmentally conscious measures. This includes the planting of 2000 trees on the site and the implementation of a Livelihood Restoration Plan by the Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) to ensure fair compensation for landowners and support for their sustainable livelihoods.
The expansion of the Tamale Airport positions it to enhance tourism to and from the northern region. This will be done by focusing on the Hajj pilgrimage. The new Multipurpose Facility will serve as a terminal during the Hajj Season, benefitting Hajj pilgrims.
Undoubtedly, the efforts of the UK Export Finance, in collaboration with the Department for Business and Trade, have not only created a monumental infrastructure project but also epitomized the depth of the UK-Ghana economic collaboration.