The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) to Ghana, His Excellency Meshal Hamadan Al-Rogi has pledged their full support by building a strong partnership with the Coastal Development Authority (CODA) in its socio-economic development within the coastal zone.
He disclosed this during a courtesy call by delegation from CODA led by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lawyer Jerry Ahmed Shaib and the Deputy CEO in charge of Mobilization and Private Partnership, Mr. Emmanuel Affram Anim on Monday 21st of March 2022. The visit forms part of the Authority’s agenda in attracting new partners to facilitate its public-private partnership agenda in order to achieve its development goals.
Lawyer Ahmed Shaib in his interaction with the Ambassador elaborated on the core mandates of the Authority as well as its achievement since its inception. According to him, CODA implements its projects and programmes under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP). He said the Authority has been able to implement several infrastructure projects like schools, hospitals, markets, drains, bridges and others as well as some social intervention programmes like the Coda Credit Union, Coda Drive, Coda Clean Beach Campaign among others.
The CEO further explained that the CODA Clean Beach Campaign is to ensure that our beach communities are cleaner at all times. He believes that the clean beach initiative will also create job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youth as well as boost tourism in the country.
He finally appealed to the Ambassador to assist the Authority in attracting investors for the CODA Sea Bus initiative which is targeted at reducing transportation challenges in the country. He also appealed for the Saudi Fund for Development to partner with the Authority to supplement its socio-economic development within the coastal zone.
Ambassador Al- Rogi expressed his excitement for the visit and assured the CEO of its support since the Saudi Kingdom through the Saudi Fund for Development is already supporting some developmental projects like Education, Health, food aid among others. He stated that the Kingdom through the fund is constructing a huge Hospital for the people of Aburi.
He further mentioned that the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Centre is an initiative under the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia aimed at alleviating human suffering and ensuring that all people are given the opportunity to live healthy and dignified lives. He assured the CEO of his recommendation of the Authority to the Centre to assist in its many projects aimed at alleviating poverty within the coastal zone.