Information Minister Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has announced at a press briefing today [Wednesday] that the Ghana – Burkina Railway Interconnectivity Project will commence in 2019.
When completed, the project will link the two neighbouring countries with rail line to facilitate trade and development.
He disclosed that the international procurement process is expected to be completed in 2019 to pave way for the construction of the line.
A shortlist of twelve prospective concessionaires has been made following an Expression of Interest process, he said.
The Minister indicated in a Permanent Joint Committee of Experts from both countries was established in December 2017 to facilitate the development of a rail link between the Tema Port and Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina.
He added: “The activities of the Committee led to the engagement of a Transaction Advisor whose services encompasses undertaking feasibility studies and providing technical advice to both countries in the engagement of a private sector investor(s) to develop the line on BOT basis”.
Touching on progress made in the rail sector the minister said the railway sector has seen major rehabilitation works in less than two years of the Akufo-Addo led administration.
The rehabilitation of the existing 56km narrow gauge line from Kojokrom to Tarkwa through Nsuta is nearing completion and is expected to lead to the restoration of passenger rail services from Tarkwa to Takoradi for the first time since 2007.