The 2016 World Bank Report “Connecting to Compete 2016 - Trade Logistics in the Global Economy” shows that Ghana has made substantial improvement in its Global Logistics Performance Index (LPI) ranking, rising 12 places from 100th in 2014 to 88th in 2016 out of 160 countries.
This is the largest year on year increase in Ghana’s global LPI ranking since the survey was first undertaken in 2007. Particular improvements were noted in “The efficiency of customs and border management clearance (“Customs”)”, which showed a marked improvement of 37 points with previous downward trends of -27 and -17 in 2014 and 2012 respectively. “The frequency with which shipments reach consignees within scheduled or expected delivery times (“Timeliness”)” component also chalked an improvement of 31 points compared to 12 and 17 in years 2014 and 2012 respectively.
Commenting on the results, Valentina Mintah, CEO of West Blue Consulting and implementer of the Ghana National Single Window (GNSW) programme said “We are delighted with these results as they prove yet again the impact that the Single Window Programme is having on the performance of the Ghanaian economy.
Many of the improvements noted in the Report are directly related to the specific measures delivered under the GNSW Programme, such as improvements in timeliness and the operations of Customs and related Agencies. We expect these improvements to continue over the coming years as we roll out many additional deliverables under the GNSW Programme.
We certainly cannot become complacent with these good results, as this is a very competitive environment. Ghana has made great stride and we must continue steadfastly on this path to secure a dynamic and competitive trading environment in the country.
I would like to thank and complement all the hard work being done in this regard by our colleagues in GRA Customs, the GNSW Technical Committee, the Partner Government Agencies, the business community and staff of West Blue, all of whom have been key players in this success so far and most critically, to laud the bold initiative taken by the Government of Ghana led by H.E J D Mahama and the GNSW Steering Committee for this programme”.
The World Bank LPI report is conducted bi-annually and is based on a survey of logistics users worldwide.
World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) Ghana 2007 to 2016
Country Year LPI Rank LPI Score Customs Infrastructure International shipments Logistics competence Tracking & tracing Timeliness
Ghana 2016 88 2.66 93 86 85 98 101 82
Ghana 2014 100 2.63 130 70 93 121 73 113
Ghana 2012 108 2.51 103 136 76 83 133 125
Ghana 2010 117 2.47 86 71 129 99 108 142
Ghana 2007 125 2.16 129 91 115 146 110 133