The Ghana SCD – Supply Chain Development Program, aided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has collaborated the Atuabo Free Port to reveal over hundred local SMEs with supplier opportunities in the construction of Atuabo Free Port Ltd.
The Atuabo Free Port, which is situated at Atuabo in the Ellembelle district of the Western Region is deliberated to become an Oil and Gas free port for the West Africa region.
This was declared at a collaboration engagement networking workshop in Takoradi on the theme ‘Engagement for Partnership’, to supply local Small and Medium Enterprises with opportunities that can be utilized in the construction of the US700million dollar port program.
The ceremony is in line with the Ghana SCD project’s target of facilitating business and market correlations with significant industry players in the petroleum, mining and other energy-related sectors for Small and Medium Enterprises who are trained by the project on several technical lines.
the Financial Controller of the Atuabo Free Port, Mr. Isaac Ampomah, disclosed that the Atuabo Free Port construction — which is assumed to start by the end of 2015 and be done by 2017, will provide over thousand jobs.
He stated in line with the Local Content Law, the majority of these are assumed to be assigned to Ghanaians.
He further stated “In making sure that the Local Content strategy is well-supported, the Ghana SCD project controlled by Pyxera Global has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with TRACE International, a major anti-bribery and corruption business organization, to make sure SMEs in the oil and gas industry are certified in doing authentic business likewise become more attractive to multinational organizations in the mining, petroleum and energy areas”.
On its directive to make sure more arrangements are secured by local SMEs in the oil and gas and other related lines, the Training Manager at the Ghana Supply Chain Development (SCD) program, Mrs. Marjorie Janczak, added that the project will continue to emphasis on generating capacity of local workers and connecting them to the oil and gas industry.
Mrs. Janczak, noted “the 5 year Ghana SCD program, aided by the USAID, has for the last 2 years held capacity-building workshops and presented market connections for SMEs in the mining, petroleum and energy sectors”.
To date, thirty-two training workshops have so far been managed — with over 168 Small and Medium Enterprises and business service suppliers served, she said.
Also, she stated ninety-two industry-specific certificates have been released, while eighty organizations have already been connected to International Oil Companies with thirty-nine arrangements amounting to US$13 million achieved, all in the effort to encourage local content in the sector.
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