Ghana and Togo have pledged to each contribute US $ 1 million for the immediate implementation of work to make the juxtaposed Noépé-Akanu checkpoint operational before the end of the year 2021.
Three years after its official handover, the juxtaposed Noépé-Akanu checkpoint between Togo and Ghana should be operational before the end of the year, the decision was made during an inter-state ministerial meeting held a few days ago on the site.
The meeting, which brought together several ministers (public works and security, and representatives of the ministries of transport and trade, Togolese side), as well as customs officials from the two countries, aimed to deliberate on the challenges facing the infrastructure, and accelerate its operationalization, in accordance with the wishes of the President Nana Akufo-Addo and his Togolese counterparts.
At the end of the meeting, several decisions were taken, namely, establishment of a provisional management committee (with the annual rotating presidency), made up of all heads of national border services working at the PCJ (customs, immigration, police, health, investigations, agriculture, etc), implementation of measures to divert heavy goods vehicles to the OSBP, among others.
Inaugurated in 2014, the post, intended to facilitate the movement of goods and people between the two countries and to promote integrated border management in the sub-region, has never been operational until then.
This is due to technical and logistical difficulties (supply of electricity, water and internet network, interconnection of customs IT systems in Togo and Ghana, among others).
Built on an area of 17 hectares, it is subdivided into several zones for the operations of transporting commercial vehicles and passengers, as well as those of handling and cargo of goods, transit and inspection of livestock.