Ports Journalists Network (PJN), an association of specialized journalists in maritime and trade reporting, has paid courtesy calls to the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) and the Customs Brokers Association of Ghana (CUBAG).
The visits formed part of its stakeholder engagements to introduce the network and its ideals as well as foster the necessary relationships in line with its objective of promoting public knowledge on the port business.
PJN’s Team Lead, Elvis Darko, said the group seeks to deepen their understanding and coverage of the maritime and trade sector to provoke positive policy decisions on the nation’s most buoyant and lucrative business area.
According to him, there was the need for effective collaboration between stakeholders and the media towards the growth of the ports and trade industry, especially with the take-off of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).
“If Ghana is to make maximum benefit from AfCFTA, it will depend on the success of the maritime industry in Ghana, and therefore it is important that we bring the issues that are affecting the maritime industry to the attention of policy makers and demand actions and answers from these policy makers so that Ghana as a country can derive the necessary benefits from AfCFTA,” Mr. Darko said.
General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Affairs at GPHA, Esther Gyebi-Donkor, applauded members of the network for their decision to team up to promote the ports and maritime industry, assuring of her outfit’s support and cooperation.
She urged members to endeavor to increase their scope in the industry so as to churn out more informative and authentic reportage on the maritime business.
At CUBAG, the leadership lead its president, Fred Dua Ofori Atta, tasked members of the network to project the industry with balanced and accurate reportage on issues and seek clarifications where necessary.
He said there were pressing issues affecting their association and shippers in general for which they would need the PJN to bring to the attention of duty bearers.