NDC’s Beatrice Annan ‘Schools’ Tracy Sarkcess Over Her Claims About Government Of Ghana Not Owning Tema Port

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Beatrice Annan, a prominent figure within the National Democratic Congress (NDC), has quickly come out to address statements made by Tracy Sarkcess, wife of renowned Ghanaian musician Sarkodie, regarding the ownership and control of Tema Port.

Tracy Sarkcess, whose real name is Tracy Owusu Addo, posted on her X (formerly Twitter) page, asserting that the Ghanaian government’s stake in Tema Port is currently only 15%.

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She further claimed that since 2014, the port has been primarily controlled by French billionaire Vincent Bolloré, who owns 17 other ports across West Africa. The post included a link for further reading, pointing readers towards more detailed information.

Tracy‘s post stated: “Gov.’s stake in the Tema Port is currently only 15%. We do not have a say in what happens at our Port since 2014. It is owned by French billionaire Bolloré who owns 17 other ports in West Africa. Read more here: t.ly/KrJBI”

The post quickly gained traction, sparking widespread debate on social media about the implications of foreign ownership on Ghana’s economic sovereignty and control over its key infrastructure.

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In response to Tracy’s assertions, Beatrice Annan issued a detailed rebuttal, seeking to clarify and contest the claims made.

The NDC’s communication team member argued that Tracy’s post lacked a comprehensive understanding of the situation and painted an inaccurate picture of the government’s involvement in the management and operations of Tema Port.

“While it is true that the government holds a 15% stake in Tema Port, it is misleading to suggest that we have no say in what happens at our port. The partnership with Bolloré Africa Logistics, part of the broader Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) strategy, aims to leverage international expertise and investment to enhance the port’s operational efficiency and competitiveness on a global scale,” Annan stated.

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She emphasized that the collaboration with Bolloré has brought significant infrastructural improvements and operational advancements to Tema Port, making it one of the most modern and efficient ports in West Africa. Annan also highlighted the economic benefits that have accrued from this partnership, including increased revenue, job creation, and enhanced trade facilitation.

Beatrice Annan also provided a historical overview of the strategic decision made in 2014 to engage with Bolloré.

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According to her, the move was driven by the need to modernize the port infrastructure, which was lagging behind regional competitors. The investment from Bolloré was crucial in funding extensive modernization projects, including the expansion of the port’s capacity and the introduction of state-of-the-art technology for cargo handling.

“The notion that Ghana lacks control over Tema Port is a simplistic view that ignores the complex dynamics of international trade and investment. The government’s stake, although a minority, still ensures that we have a voice in major decisions. Moreover, the operational efficiency gained through this partnership has positioned Ghana as a critical hub for maritime trade in the region,” Annan elaborated.

See her full post below:

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