27th April 2017

APC Govt. Dreams to Make Freetown Port a Regional Transhipment Hub

By a press release (13/03/17)

Chairman of the National Commission for Privatisation says the APC govt. plans to make the Freetown Water Quay port a regional giant.

The NCP Chairman Sulaiman Kabba Koroma has recently revealed plans by government to transform the country’s port to a regional transhipment hub. 

Mr. Kabba Koroma was speaking at the Queen Elizabeth Quay where he witnessed the formal handing over of two fire engines to the Sierra Leone Ports Authority Management in Freetown by the bulk cargo handling outfit, Nectar. 

The NCP Chairman’s statement has come at a time when the Freetown port is experiencing phenomenal transformation courtesy of some public/private partnership arrangement by government involving the private sector. 

“The NCP’s privatisation strategy for the SLPA is to reform and rationalise port operations by creating the environment that will attract private sector participation in both investment and operations of the various core and non-core activities of the Authority,” Mr. Kabba noted. 

He hoped that such transformation would among other things infuse discipline in the ports management as well as enhanced the welfare of its employees. 

Both the container handling and bulk cargo sections of the port have been privatised through a competitive process that was effectively managed and supervised by the National Commission for Privatisation. 

Courtesy: NCP Communications

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