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From the monthly archives: August 2017

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West Blue, GCNet collaborate for paperless reforms at ports

There have been calls by many players in the industry for the two agencies to endeavour to integrate their systems if the execution of the paperless regime is to be successful; however, the posture of the two had suggested a turf war.The Head of Product Development at GCNet, Mr Carl Sackey, told the Daily Graphic on the sidelines of a meeting with journalists organised by the Office of the Vice-President on the paperless reforms that hitherto, their system had to process the declarations; however, with the new initiative, the submission of the manifest though West Blue would enable that entity to begin the Pre-Arrival Assessment Reporting System (PAARS) early.

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Paperless port processes to be rolled out in September

Government has pledged its commitment to roll-out the much talked about paperless process at the country’s main ports, come September 1, adding that it is no more an idea, neither a system merely undergoing simulation.The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), its Customs Division, GCNET and West Blue Consulting, among others, have indicated their readiness to roll out the system at the country’s ports.

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West Blue trains stakeholders on paperless port

In line with the government’s directive to remove customs barriers within the country and ensure a paperless port by September 1, 2017, West Blue Consulting has successfully organized a two-day workshop for stakeholders in the import and export sector.The workshop which was organized in collaboration with the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) was to prepare participants for the upcoming pilot run of the Paperless Trade in Ghana, encourage discussions and sharing of perspectives.

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Government outlines 10 points agenda for industrial transformation

The government has designed policy reforms to make Ghana the most business-friendly nation in Africa to accelerate socio-economic development and prosperity for all.To this end, government had outlined a 10-point agenda to transform the industrial sector of the national economy that would create job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youth and ensure prosperity for all Ghanaians.Addressing stakeholders at the opening of the Second Edition of the National Policy Summit, in Accra, on Monday, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, mentioned the industrial agenda which were anchored on the following areas:

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Ghana National Single Window to complement existing platform

The goal of the Ghana National Single Window (GNSW) platform is to provide an interface to existing customs management systems and not to replace, as many people envisage, officials of West Blue Consulting have said. According to the General Manager of the company, Mr Aminu Uthman, the project being spearheaded by West Blue was to provide a single platform which would serve as an interface for existing systems as part of efforts aimed at reducing paper-based processes and further eliminate the duplication of date and multiple submission of documents for port clearance processes.

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GUTA E-ZONE office inaugurated

The Ghana Union of Traders Association, in partnership with West Blue Consult on Thursday inaugurated an E-Zone office to pave the way for traders to have unlimited access to trade information.The office space would serve as a place where traders can walk in at any time to make use of the innovative technology which would shape and align them with the ease of doing business.Dr Barima Nana Kweku Ofori, GUTA President, said the launch of the E-Zone office is a way of facilitating the clearance procedures at the ports as well as providing first-hand information on trade transactions to traders.

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Importers to clear goods in 4 hours at Ghana's ports- Bawumia

Importers will from September 1, 2017, spend at most four hours to clear their goods from the various ports in the country, the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has announced.This is as a result of a complete automation of the systems at the country’s ports.Addressing importers, customs officers and other stakeholders at the Flagstaff House, Wednesday, the Vice President said the move by government is to ensure efficiency at the ports and move Ghana a notch higher.

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Ghana EximBank Board inaugurated

The Deputy Finance Minister, Kweku Kwarteng has charged the Ghana Exim Bank to pursue pragmatic policies and programs to increase Ghana’s export revenue and improve the Balance of Trade (BoT).The Exim Bank is among others expected to support local producers with the necessary financial and technical expertise to position them to compete favourably with their foreign counterparts.

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GRA to commence prosecution of fuel smugglers

The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) plans to prosecute persons who smuggle fuel from Ghana to neighbouring countries.According to the GRA, the government was losing thousands of Ghana cedis from the activities of the fuel smugglers hence the decision to take strict measures to curb the menace.The Commissioner of Customs, Isaac Crentsil made the comment in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region during a pilot exercise geared at removing all Custom check points by September this year to promote trade.

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