Following the numerous complaints from importers in Ghana, about illegal charges placed on goods, President John Dramani Mahama has directed the Ministry of Finance to implement measures that would restrain illegal handling charges at all ports and harbours of the country.
President Mahama addressed the staff and management of the Ghana Revenue Authority during the first anniversary of the implementation of Ghana’s single window and to launch the Import, Export and Transit manual in Accra, on Friday, September 30.
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He said these illicit charges placed on both domestic and international importers, who use Ghana’s entry-points for their businesses, must end so as to save the industry from embarrassment. According to him, elimination of the numerous illegal handling charges would make Ghana the preferred destination of business and attract other importers in the sub-region to do business in the country’s ports and harbours.
The President also said the government has established the National Risk Management Committee that would facilitate and provide walk-in services to reduce time and cost of doing business, as a control measure on illicit activities at the ports and harbours.
Mahama assured that the full implementation of the single window programme and its inherent supportive projects would help reduce the cost of doing business by the next five years and make Ghana the favourable destination for investment in Africa.
The Single Window Programme was initiated by the government of Ghana on September 1, 2015, and launched on December 1, 2015, to enhance the country’s trade and economic development secure and increased government revenue.
The government is investing in port and harbour expansion to provide adequate access to importers and create an environment of smart business procedures, hence the need to eliminate all form of corrupt practices hindering business progress in the country.
President Mahama commending the project implementation team for success and charged them to keep up the effort.
“Ghana Ports and Harbours, Ghana Maritime and all other partners should, therefore, get prepared to become busier in coming years on account of the expansion programmes that will also increase volumes of trade at their destinations.”