The Executive Secretary of the Port Management Association of West and Central Africa, Mr Michael Luguje has been widely tipped to take over the management of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA).
It follows the removal of Mr Paul Asare Ansah as the Director General (DG) of the GPHA by the President. Mr Ansah has subsequently handed over the management of the authority to the Director of the Tema Port, Mr Edward Osei until a substantive DG in person of Mr Luguje is announced.
Mr Luguje is presently the Secretary General of the Ports Management Association of West and Central Africa (PMAWCA), a position he has held since August 2012.
He is also the Executive Secretary of the Pan African Association for Ports Cooperation (PAPC). His institution of origin is the GPHA where he began his port industry career in January 1999.
Until his election as the secretary general of PMAWCA, Mr Luguje worked for the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as the Regional Coordinator for West and Central Africa (non-francophone countries) from 2007 to 2012.
Until his secondment to the IMO, he served the GPHA in various strategic departments including human resources, marketing and public relations, corporate planning and the office of the DG.
In this career path, Mr Luguje rose through the ranks to the position of sectional manager (corporate planning), a position he combined with that special assistant to the DG.
Career in maritime transport
Mr Luguje holds a B.A. Degree in French and Linguistics from the University of Ghana, MSc in Maritime Affairs (specialising in port management) from the World Maritime University (Sweden) and MBA in Project and Strategic Management from the Paris Graduate School of Management (France).
In his over 15 years of career in the maritime transport industry, Mr Luguje facilitated, moderated and chaired a number of national and international conferences and meetings.
He also consulted and provided advisory input on institutional, human and financial capacity building for maritime administrations, facilitation of maritime transport and transit trade focusing on port and customs procedures, optimal trade corridor management and the assessment of cargo transit costs through seaports. — GB