Story: Prosper Agbenyega

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) on March 29, 2012 awarded a $322,560 grant to the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) to help create design documents for the construction of the Air Traffic Control Center at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

The grant was signed by the US Ambassador to Ghana, Donald Teitelbaum and GCAA Director General Air Commodore (Rtd) Kwame Mamphey at the US Embassy in Accra March 29, 2012.

In a press release issued by the Embassy, it was stated that the grant will fund a technical assistance programme that will produce technical design drawings for the control center.

The technical assistance programme will also develop documents necessary for procuring the goods and services required to implement the construction project,” the release said.

The construction of the Air Traffic Control Center is said to improve the capacity of the KIA and enhance aviation safety in the region.

The GCAA has selected LPA Group Incorporated, a transportation consulting firm based in Columbia, S.C., to carry out the technical assistance, the USTDA stated.

According to USTDA Regional Director Paul Marin, the recent USTDA grant symbolizes the Agency’s continued support for Ghana’s aviation sector improvements.

“USTDA has been deeply involved with Ghana’s aviation infrastructure projects from an early stage,” Marin said. “Since 2000 we have supported improvements at three different airports in the region, which has had a positive impact on the country’s economy and created business opportunities for U.S. companies.”

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

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