China Eximbank provides $123.4 million preferential buyer’s credit for Phase 2 of Dedicated Security Information System Project (linked to #1862)
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Funding agency [Type]
Export-Import Bank of China [State-owned Policy Bank]
Communications (Code: 220)
Export Buyer's Credit
On November 12, 2013, the Ghanaian parliament ratified a $123,409,273 preferential buyer’s credit (PBC) agreement with China Eximbank for Phase 2 of Dedicated Security Information System Project. This PBC carried the following terms: 20 year maturity, 5 year grace period, and 2% interest rate. The purpose of the Dedicated Security Information System Project was to strengthen the country's security and emergency aid services — including Immigration, Prisons, Fire Service, Customs, Ghana Armed Forces, Police Service, the Ministry of Defense, and the Ministry of National Security — through the establishment of a national security information system. Phase 1 covered the main cities, towns, border entries and exits, and main traffic arteries in six regions of southern Ghana, including Greater Accra Region, Ashanti Region, Central Region, Eastern Region, Volta Region and Western Region. It was financed through a $30 million China Eximbank loan that was approved in 2007 (see Project ID#1862). With support from ZTE, Phase 2 extended the national security information system to the country’s Upper East Region, Upper West Region, Brong Ahafo Region, and Northern Region. Huawei was also involved in the implementation of Phase 2. Specifically, it helped the Government of Ghana to equip a Ghana Police Command Centre (or Ghana National Security Emergency Command Center), with CCTV cameras and digital (eLTE 4) trunking network to respond more expeditiously to issues such as robbery, vehicular accidents, murder, and fire emergencies across all regions of the country. To this end, Huawei installed a 1.4 GHz eLTE network and 253 eLTE base stations to cover major cities and roads — the first system of its kind outside of China. Huawei also provided handheld terminals, vehicle-mounted stations, Emergency Communications Vehicles (ECVs), and fixed-access terminals and accessories to meet the requirements of both fixed and mobile situations. Today, the Ghana public security department reports emergencies through trunking handsets that can send on-site videos to the command center in real time. Then, the command center immediately invokes the wired and wireless cameras on-site and dispatches police cars equipped with eLTE stations for support. ECVs are used by the Ghana government guard. When the president travels, personnel in the mobile emergency command network watch over the presidential motorcade and communicate with the command center in real time via satellite transmission. Huawei also provided a unified solution that integrates eLTE, emergency communications centers, intelligent video surveillance, and telepresence video conferencing. As such, the Ghana Police Station can now establish voice and video communication with the Presidential Palace, and medical, fire fighting, and other government departments for faster and better-coordinated responses. The Ghana Police Command Centre (or Ghana National Security Emergency Command Center) was officially inaugurated on December 15, 2017. According to the Government of Ghana’s Development Cooperation Management Information System (DCMIS), 100% ($123,409,273) of the original loan commitment amount ($123,409,273) for this project was ultimately disbursed.
The Chinese project title is 加纳国家安全通信网项目.
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Receiving agencies [Type]
Government of Ghana [Government Agency]
Implementing agencies [Type]
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. [Other]; ZTE Corporation [State-owned Company]