Ministry of Roads and Highways
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Vision of the Ministry of Roads and Highways

The vision of the Ministry of Roads and Highways is to provide “An integrated, efficient, cost-effective and sustainable road transportation system responsive to the needs of society, supporting growth and poverty reduction and capable of establishing and maintain Ghana as a transportation hub of West Africa:.

In order to realize the above vision the Ministry’s is to “Provide leadership and an enabling environment for the development and maintenance of Ghana’s road transportation system through effective policy formulation, market regulation, asset management and service:.

The main functions of the Ministry of Roads and Highways are policy formulation, monitoring, evaluation and coordination with regard to the Road Infrastructure sector that consists of the following:
• Road Infrastructure Development and Maintenance
• Road Safety and Environment
• Road Maintenance Financing
• Training
The Department and Agencies that operate under the direct ambit of the Ministry of Roads and Highways are:
• Road Infrastructure Development and Maintenance, Safety and Environment
            1. Ghana Highway Authority (GHA)
            2. Department of feeder Roads (DFR)
            3. Department of Urban Roads   (DUR)
• Road Maintenance Financing
1. Road Fund Secretariat
• Training
1. Koforidua Training Centre
The functions performed by the road infrastructure and support agencies are as follows:
• The Ghana Highway Authority (GHA), The Department of Feeder Roads (DFR) and The Department of Urban Roads (DUR) are charged with the responsibility for the administration, planning, control, development and maintenance of trunk roads, feeder roads and urban roads respectively in the country.
• Koforidua Training Center; is a centre for the training of professionals (engineers, contractors, consultants, administrator staff, etc.) in the transport sector.
• Road Fund was established by Act 536 (1997) to finance the following activities;

a. Routine and Periodic Maintenance of road and related facilities;
      b. Upgrading and rehabilitation of Roads;
      c. Selected Road Safety projects and
            d. Other relevant activities as may be determined by the Road Fund Board.

The Role and Impact of Road Infrastructure on the National Economy
A reliable and affordable road transport system plays a key role in the socioeconomic development of Ghana. Road transportation also forms an important part of the social safety net, facilitating the distribution of wealth through trade and employment opportunities in both urban and rural communities. Indeed, road transportation facilitates the movement of people, goods and service in all sectors of the economy including tourism, mining, health, trade, education, agriculture, among others.

An effective and efficient road transport system reduces cost and comparative distances between trading partners, thereby increasing trade effectiveness and maximizing returns on existing industrial investments and production. Therefore, for Ghanaian products to become competitive on the world market there is the need to improve our road transportation system, through an effective and well integrated road network.

National targets for growth and poverty reduction also rely heavily on an effective road transportation system. The inability to access jobs and services because road transportation I unavailable or is too expensive is an important element of social exclusion which defines poverty.

The Ministry therefore aims at providing accessibility to facilitate mobility and movement of goods and services throughout the country. Additionally, effective urban road transportation systems underpins national growth and reduces poverty in the urban areas, it is in this vain that, the problems associated with the road transport network in Ghana’s urban centers are of growing concern to the Ministry and its Agencies.

It has been estimated that road transportation carries approximately ninety-eight percent (98%) of the passenger and freight traffic in Ghana. It is for this reason that investment in the provision of road infrastructure is very important. It enhances the performance of the other sectors in the economy.

The Ministry is guided by the GSGDA and the National Transport Policy for the development and improvement of transportation in general, including road transport. This is expected to guide the future development of the total transport system of the country.

As a result of the significant role and impact of an integrated and well maintained road transportation network on the socio-economic development of the country, the focus of the Ministry is to craft policies that will make possible the provision and maintenance of roads to mobility to or from; farm gates to market centers, health facilities and socio-economic centers to enhance regional integration, cooperation and good governance.

The Ministry of Roads and Highways and its Agencies intend to implement programmes and projects by taking into account planned priority areas for 2013 based on the vision, mission, policy objectives, outputs and the associated strategies in order to achieve the expected outcomes in the GSGDA (2010-2013).