APM Terminals Inland Services Africa has signed
a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the government of Ghana, and the
non-profit road safety organisation Amend to ensure port access roads and
highways that will handle the inland transportation are safe and able to handle
increased traffic flow. The collaboration aims to improve road safety as part
of government policy and safety culture in nearby communities as new port takes
The MoU signing ceremony was in the presence of Queen Margrethe II of Denmark
who was on an official state visit to Ghana and the Ghana Vice President,
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.
According to a release from APM terminals, the construction of the new port and
logistics hub in Tema will have huge benefits for the Ghanaian economy and the
livelihoods of Ghanaian people when opened in 2019.
Peter Jakobsen, head of Africa Inland Services, APM Terminals based in Ghana
said, “We wanted to start this road safety initiative proactively with our
customers and our partners before our new port opens in 2019 to prepare the
country for future growth in cargo volumes and new inland distribution
patterns. We have a lot of expertise and best practices in this area from our
work with other customers and countries so our partnership with Amend – an
Africa road safety specialist - promises to deliver the critical results
necessary to protect people’s lives and ensure Ghana’s supply chains succeed.”
APM Terminals and Amend joined hands during an APM Terminals’ Magnum leadership
training program in Ghana earlier this year. The participants worked with
Amend to map out the social and business ideas necessary to develop new ways of
improving corporate social responsibility through road safety initiatives and
community engagement. A joint project was created out of this collaboration.
The statement further added, according to Amend, over 1.2 million worldwide die
every year from road traffic injuries, and millions more are injured. Africa
has the world’s highest road traffic injury rates, and road traffic injury is
the leading cause of death for children over five-years-old. Amend develops,
implements and evaluates evidence-based programs to reduce the incidence of
road traffic injury in Africa, using population-based scientific studies,
community-based road safety programs, advocacy, lighting infrastructure, media
campaigns and school programs such as high visibility, reflective school bags.