United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Mr Chair,
The transport sector has evolved to satisfy a wide range of sectors. Indeed, an
efficient, cost effective and sustainable transport system is indispensable to the
economic, social, environmental and political development of our countries. In
our part of the world, transport plays a critical catalytic role in addressing
poverty and correcting rural and urban spatial planning distortions.
Transport is also associated with significant environmental and health
concerns including atmospheric pollution and climate change. We therefore
need to maximise the opportunities offered by effective and efficient
transportation systems, while minimising its negative impacts. The
Government of Ghana will strongly support any pragmatic policies and
programmes that stimulate the transport sector for long term development. In
taking advantage of the new growth opportunities that Ghana has began to
enjoy on account of prudent economic and fiscal policies, new and additional
support to assist national development priorities including the transport sector
will be paramount.
Ghana seeks to improve urban and rural transportation system through the
implementation of a transport policy aimed at promoting a safer, more reliable,
efficient and fully integrated transport system that is responsive to the needs of
society at the least possible cost within the country. For this goal to
materialise, substantial investments are being made in the transport sector to
ensure a balance and sustainable transport system. Some priority actions
being taken include:
? Improvement in Transport Infrastructure and Services in Urban and
Rural Areas
? Integrated development and transport planning
? Improvement in transport safety
? Development of intermodal transport system
? Reduction in road traffic congestion and travel time through the
introduction of mass transport systems
? Strengthening legal and institutional framework
We are also aware of the environmental concerns of transport. Indeed,
transport consumes energy and contributes significantly to climate change and
atmospheric pollution. In Ghana, the transport sector contributes 23 % of
energy related CO2 emissions and is the fastest growing sector in terms of GHG
emissions in our country. We are therefore committed to ensuring that
environmental issues are mainstreamed into the implementation of transport
improvement plans and programmes for sustainable development.
It is therefore our expectation that the conference will support policies and
programmes that will enhance sustainability and promote an efficient and cost
effective and integrated transport system, that will respond to the needs of
society, while supporting growth and poverty reduction.
I Thank you