UK invests £130 million infrastructure funds in Ghana

£70.3 million of the support will go towards a contract for Contracta Construction UK to develop and modernise the Kumasi Central Market.

The UK Export Finance (UKEF) is giving Ghana £130 million for three projects, the International Trade Secretary, Dr. Liam Fox announced Wednesday at a meeting of the UK Ghana Business Council.

The financing will support UK firms to develop the projects. A press release issued by the UKEF says support will be provided to projects that have a direct impact on the country’s infrastructure and economic development, while delivering opportunities for British companies.

According to the release, £70.3 million of the support will go towards a contract for Contracta Construction UK to develop and modernise the  Kumasi Central Market.

UKEF will provide a direct loan and bank guarantee to Ghana’s Ministry of Finance to fund the contract, which will include improvements to electrical networks, water supplies, generators, fire detection systems and public transport, it said.

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It indicated further that a guarantee for a £43.8 million loan will also be provided by UKEF to the Ministry of Finance to support the contract with QG Construction UK for the modernisation of the Tamale Airport.

The project will include the construction of a modern new international terminal building, access roads and ancillary facilities exclusive for civil aviation in the existing airport space.

“The expansion is designed to promote economic growth, increase  tourism and to boost socio-economic development by improving connections to the north of Ghana. It will also benefit Hajj pilgrims  with the new Multipurpose Facility serving as a terminal building  during the Hajj Season,” the release stated.

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In addition, the Bekwai hospital will be provided with a £17.6 million loan from UKEF to support a contract between Ellipse UK and the Eurofinsa group.

The companies will manage every aspect of the  hospital’s completion including the supply and installation of medical  equipment.

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