Mohamed Samara, Executive Director of MPS, who interacted with journalists after a visit to the project site, said the project had the potential to generate around one billion dollars per year for the economy and create some 400,000 jobs.
He indicated that the project would be completed sooner than scheduled, with the first phase scheduled to be operational in June of this year.
According to him, the port would become the "first point of reference" for freight rates in West Africa and beyond, as the state of technology was implemented to ensure rapid delivery of services and efficiency in the port.
Samara said the new facility was designed to include truck appointment systems, biometric access control for drivers, scanners, weighbridges, radio frequency identification for trucks in the terminal, among others.
In addition, he explained that there were efforts to reclaim more land from the sea for the project that already occupied about 127 hectares of land.
"The port project is an opportunity to connect shipping lines to neighboring countries. "The project would also be of immense benefit to importers and exporters, improve the commercial value and increase employment," he said.
"We have a large capacity of terminals and boats and the project will be among the most efficient ports in the world," added Samara.
The Tema Expansión Portuaria project, a public-private partnership between the Ports and Ports Authority of Ghana (GPHA) and Meridian Port Holding, was in line with the vision of improving general port operations and increasing revenues. .
"There are a large number of direct and indirect jobs for the stakeholders of this port. "We will employ more people and as we work throughout the day, we will need more people, more people for the scanners and what happens after that," said the Executive Director.
However, Samara declined to comment on requests for review of the contract amount and said he was not aware of the recommendations of the interministerial committee that had been established to evaluate the project.
Mr. Frank Ebo Brown, Legal, Licensing and Permits Manager of MPS, highlighting other port values, said there would be a "big job opening" for Ghanaians when the remaining phases of the project are completed.
"MPS has around 460 permanent employees and 450 employees who will move to the new patio. "We are delivering the old facility to GHPA, and this gives GPHA the opportunity to employ as many people as possible," he said.
"If we have this facility, I do not see how we can lose many jobs when there is a golden opportunity to take advantage of this new facility," Brown added.