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The (hi)story of a strong partnership

The strategic sector cooperation aims for Denmark to build a solid partnership with local authorities and to share experiences in the fields of good maritime governance, maritime skill and technical expertise and thereby assisting Ghana in developing further and preserving the country’s position as a positive political, social and economic stronghold in the region.

In the picture: Participants in the workshop of Ghanaian ship inspectors: Capt. William Asuako-Owiredu, Capt. Darlington Newton Akrofi, Mr. Patrick Appiah-Opong, Mr. Jehoshaphat Eyram Deh, Mr. Michael Nunoo and Mr. Seth Afotey Odai from the GMA, Jette Bloch Arrias and Malte Kofoed Sondergaard from the DMA and Nicolas Bastholm Roy-Bonde from the Danish Embassy in Ghana.

The Maritime Strategic Sector Cooperation aims for Denmark to build a solid and long-lasting partnership with local maritime authorities and to share experiences in the fields of good maritime governance, maritime skill, and technical expertise. The ambition of the cooperation is to assist Ghana in further developing its position as a political, social, and economic stronghold in the region. Furthermore, supporting Ghana’s endeavours in becoming the Sub-Saharan maritime hub with the Tema Port expansion opening in June of 2019.

Ghana is a long-lasting partner country to Denmark and an important maritime hub to West Africa. Continuing this maritime collaboration will provide capacity-building support to the new Tema Port expansion, the MPS Terminal, and further strengthen the ties between Denmark and Ghana as two, seafaring nations.

In 2015, the maritime sector cooperation between Ghana and Denmark was established, comprising Ghana Maritime Authority, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, and the Danish Maritime Authority. The focus was – and is – on framework conditions for sustainable growth in Ghana and the opportunities for Danish businesses operating in the country and the region.

The Strategic Sector Cooperation is a demand driven process based on input from Ghana and where these can be matched with Danish strongholds. Pursuing the notion and transition of “Going from Aid to Trade”, the cooperation aims at building capacity through sharing of Danish expertise, benefitting the maritime sectors in both Denmark and Ghana. 

The phase I of the cooperation has inter alia resulted in:

  • Ghana leapfrogging into the future by being only the fourth maritime country in the world, and the first in Africa, to introduce advanced e-navigation capabilities benefitting all users in the maritime domain from large commercial vessel to the small fishing vessels.
  • Extensive train-the-trainer course in Denmark for Ghanaian Harbour Pilots to prepare the safe handling of larger vessels expected to call port in the new MPS Tema Port.
  • Continuous work on implementation of IMO standards and mutual improvement of vessel inspectors in Denmark and Ghana through reciprocal seminars and workshops.