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Truck Drivers Ghanaian truck drivers detained in Burkina Faso released

The release of the truck drivers followed a protest by government officials who went to Burkina to complain about mistreatment meted out to the detained drivers.

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The release of the truck drivers followed a protest by government officials who went to Burkina to complain about mistreatment meted out to the detained drivers.

Seventy Ghanaian haulage truck drivers detained in Burkina Faso for five weeks over failure to produce loading documents have been released by the country's authorities.

The release of the truck drivers followed a protest by government officials who went to Burkina to complain about mistreatment meted out to the detained drivers.

The Deputy Minister of Transport, Ms Joyce Bawa Mogtari, in the company of officials of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), the Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) and officials from the Ghana Embassy in that country called on the president to intervene in the matter.

The minister also reached an agreement with Burkinabe authorities to produce a blue print on the harmonisation of the transit trade between the two countries.

Ghana borders Burkina Faso to the north and is heavily dependent on its neighbor for agricultural products. Trade between the two nations has been ongoing since pre-colonial times.

Data from the Burkinabe Ministry of Commerce showed trade volumes between the two countries have been increasing over the years. This is mainly because of the proximity of Ghana’s Upper East Region to Burkina Faso’s South.

According to the data, Ghana’s imports of grains, fruits and related products from Burkina Faso rose from about GH¢64.25 million (11.49 billion CFA) in 2011 to about GH¢82.63 million in 2012 (14.9 billion CFA). It further indicated that Burkina Faso’s exports to Ghana were valued at GH¢129.12 million (23.3 billion CFA) in 2011 but rose to about GH¢170.2 million (30.72 billion CFA) in 2012 on the back of Ghana’s increased importation of grains, vegetables and fruits, among others, that year.

On the other hand, Ghana’s exports to Burkina Faso were valued at about GH¢175 million (31.58 billion CFA) in 2011 but rose to GH¢274.49 million (49.54 billion CFA) in 2012, according to the data.

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