The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has expressed the need for strict application of the local content law by member states, as it pushes for more suitable and sustainable Public, Private Partnership (PPP) model that will aid acceleration of infrastructural and social development in the sub-region.
The ECOWAS Parliament, during an oversight visit to the $1.5bn Deep Sea PPP port project in Ghana, said for ECOWAS sub-region to get maximum benefits from the PPP concept, there was need for diligent application of local content laws, to ensure rapid transfer of technology and expertise to indigenous people.
ECOWAS Parliament Joint Committee on Trade, Finance, Customs and Free Movement of Goods and Persons is in Ghana for a week-long Delocalised Meeting.
Members of Parliament from Ghana and Liberia, Kofi Clement Humado and Edwin Melvin Snowe Jr. said: “It is up to Ghana to have staff that will understudy, very quickly, within the 35 years the agreement is expected to last, on port management. Also very important is the need for ECOWAS member countries to implement their local content law, which specifies that certain category of workers should be indigenous people, while only a few at the top will be foreigners.
“This is a laudable project, which when completed, will be about four times bigger than the old sea port. We are impressed with the technology being used…”