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PEPP (Port Efficiency and Public Private Capacity in Ghana)


PEPP aims to

map and improve approaches to Capacity Development for the maritime sector in Ghana in order to enhance the potential of the maritime sector to drive Ghana’s economic growth in a sustainable manner. Engaging with the community at Tema Port and relevant theoretical literature, the PEPP team poses critical questions, share different viewpoints, and conduct research to address the concerns of the people who work in the port. The concerns include digital transformation, national content, labor, corruption, and, most recently, the reactions to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

PEPP going into 2021:

Completing the last round of fieldwork in Ghana just before the lockdown in 2020, the PEPP team has analyzed the collected data, attended virtual conferences and worked online finalizing six academic articles the past year. During the next months, we will plan the closing events scheduled for the Fall of 2021 and submit abstracts to various conferences scheduled for June and early July.

Previously in 2020:

The project was going into its second phase after two rounds of fieldwork, data-collection, and archival research in Ghana and Aarhus Port. The team has been working on a series of academic articles on legitimacy, trust, community, and power. The question of private and public sector interests in the port surfaces in all the articles whether on digital transformation, the berthing meetings, capacity development, or the Black Star Shipping Line. Data on the reactions to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic influenced our findings and analyses, including the impact of the new Meridian Port Services (MPS) terminal, which opened at Tema Port at the end of June 2019.

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2021.04.06 | Research news

Article publication in World Customs Journal (WCJ)

An article titled "The social-political embeddedness of import clearance: 20 years of digital transformation at Tema, Ghana" by the PEPP team members Jonas Aryee, Casper Andersen and Annette Skovsted Hansen has just been published in the World Customs Journal. Full reference: Aryee, Jonas, Casper Andersen, and Annette…

2021.03.03 | Research news

Africa Knows! Video conference presentation

The video conference presentation by Jonas Aryee, Torben Andersen and George vanDyck with the paper: "Industry School Partnerships in Vocational and Academic Training- a Resource Dependency View on the Regional Maritime University in Ghana" has recently been uploaded. Click to view it here. Read the…

2021.02.01 | Research news

Panel attendance: Mapping Africa's Global Engagement by Reconfiguring African Studies

On 30 January Annette Skovsted Hansen participated in a panel organized by the Centre for African Studies at Jaharwalal Nehru University, New Delhi, and the Association of African Studies in India about Denmark’s Engagement in Africa.


Wed 01 Sep
00:00-00:00 |
Closing events in Tema and Aarhus: Fall 2021
Wed 01 Sep
00:00-00:00 |
Workshop on Capacity Development: Fall 2021


Annette Skovsted Hansen

Associate professor School of Culture and Society - Japan Studies, subject


  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark/Udenrigsministeriet