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Tema Port Is one of the most strategically positioned Ports in the World as far as its tourism Potential is concern.
GeoTorisim experts continue to tout the Tema Port as one of the most tourist attractive Ports in the world considering its geographical position and advantage.
The Port of Tema is said to be the only Port in the world located closest to the centre of the world.
To this end, the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority says it is doing all in its power to take advantage of Tema Port's strategic location in the maritime world.

The General Manager of Personnel and Administration of GPHA, Kumi Adjei Sam said the port is being developed to position it as the centre of tourism on the continent.
“The concept is that these days vessels are becoming bigger and bigger that they don’t want to carry their items in small vessels so they take containers in very huge numbers and come and deposit all of them in Tema and then we distribute it along ports in West Africa and all these have been facilitated by the fact that longitude 0 passes through the city of Tema,” he said.
Speaking at an event to promote the tourism potential inherent in Ghana being the centre of the world, a leading pioneer of this course, Azonko Simpi stressed the need for Ghana to harness its tourism potentials.

“There are a lot of countries that are claiming the centre of the world, we don’t blame them they also have the right but if you want to look at the universal centre of the world, it is Tema. We found it necessary that we can use this for our time culture,” he said.
The longitude 0 degrees which is also known as the Greenwich meridian passes through the city of Tema and the equator is just 600 kilometres from the port.
A representative from the Ministry of Tourism stressed the need to build an iconic tower in Tema to attract tourists both local and international in this direction.


The leading public sector Choir thrills audience at a passion for Christ concert

Members of the Port community were treated to good music at a concert dubbed Passion of Christ.
The concert which was organized by the Ghana's Port Authority Choir which is currently the leading public sector choir in the country was designed to de-stress members of the Port Community from their arduous work schedule to treat them to some soothing gospel music as part of the just ended Easter celebrations and also celebrate some successes that have been chalked by the choir.

The Port Authority Choir continues to win a number of accolades lately including emerging Champions at the Papoe Thompson Coral Awards, the National Festival for Arts and Culture and the National Coral concert of Choirs in the Greater Accra Region.
Speaking at the event, the Director of Tema Port, Jacob Adorkor pledged the continuous support of the port authority to the choir.
“I take this opportunity to thank this choir, the choir which has won national awards and very soon will go international. We have come far and you are part of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority we can do without you,” he said.

GCNet Schools Clearing Agents on Letters of Commitments
Clearing agents have been advised to desist from acts that could place at the wrong side of the law and subsequently prosecuted for several offences.
The Tema and Transit Manager of GCNet, Jimmy Allotey, said there is the need for the declarants to be honest in their dealings with the customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority so as to facilitate their business and ensure an effective trading in the country.

“Please take note, if you are involved in anything dodgy bear in mind that post clearance audit can catch you, customs maybe angry over what you are doing but the best they can do is impose a 300% penalty,” he said.
Jimmy Allotey disclosed this when GCNet, which is the e-Solutions provider to Government which developed and deployed the Ghana Customs Management System (GCMS) for clearing of goods at ports,  held a training workshop for declarants.
The training which was attended by hundreds of declarants was to educate them on some new upgrades to the Letters of Commitment system operated by the company.
The Strategy and Communications Manager of GCNet, Aba Lokko in an interview said such training programmes will help the business competitiveness of the declarants as well as make their trade easier.

“It is an opportunity for us as a company to inform them about our new upgrades to our product, to our system, about programs that we have come up with and how that would impact on their work, to explain the process so that it is easier for them to navigate on our system,” she said.
The training was also used by the customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority to educate the declarants on some tax exemptions arising out of the 2017 budget statement.

GCNet committed to leading campaign of effective data protection in Ghana
The Ghana Community Network Services, (GCNet) says it is committed to protecting the integrity of national revenue and business data in its custody so as to facilitate trade particularly at the ports and the nation as a whole.
Speaking at the side-lines of a national annual data security conference held in Accra, the I.T Security Manager of GCNet, Isaac Boye said the unavailability of a credible data will go a long way to affect trading in the country, hence, GCNet has put in place measures to ensure that data gathered is enhanced to improve trade.

“Talk of trade, somebody wants to clear his or her goods from the port we value the availability of the information that we are having, we value the integrity of the information that we are providing and it confidentiality because of that, when this service is not available for some few minutes or hours the impact is huge,” he said.
He continued that “someone cannot clear his goods, someone cannot register his company, someone cannot fetch certain report that he needs to do his job so we put ourselves in the mind of the customer which is the main beneficiary of the service we are offering.”
He said GCNet is committed to leading the campaign of data protection and as a result it compliant to the data protection act.

The data protection conference is an annual event organised by the Data Protection Commission to increase awareness and address issues affecting data controllers and processors in Ghana to enhance compliance of the Data Protection Act.
The Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful said insufficient protection of data can create negative market effect by reducing consumer confidence.
“An overly stringent protection can also unduly restrict businesses with adverse economic consequences, the policy position of the Ministry is therefore to create a balance that facilitates the development and growth of ICTs in Ghana, ensuring that laws consider the global nature and scope of the application and foster compatibility with other frameworks is of utmost importance of both domestic and international transaction increasingly rely on ICT,” she said.
The Minister of Innovation, Science and Technology, Prof. Frimpong Boateng who represented the President of Ghana, urged organisations to build integrity and trust in the collection, holding and use of information through the data law.

West Blue Partners International Air Transport Association to deploy cargo XML for Airlines
West Blue Consulting, the Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority is working with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to ensure that aircrafts start using an electronic format called Cargo XML to submit their cargo data to customs before landing at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), Accra.
The Cargo XML which is expected to replace the existing Cargo IMP will be implemented on 28th May 2017.

Speaking at the International Air Transport Association Day marked in Ghana, the General Manager of West Blue Consulting, Aminu Uthman explained that as part of work of the implementation of the Cargo XML, notification including User Guide from Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) took effect on 19th April 2017.
He added that the pilot commencement of the Cargo XML service would start on the 28th April 2017, and would be enforced on the 28th June, this year.
He said West Blue Consulting is deploying the Cargo XML standard as part of the GNSW Electronic Air Manifest System to modernise the old Cargo IMP messages by leveraging new technology for maximum benefits.

“What the XML is supposed to do for example is improve data quality increase the scope of the messaging while cargo IMP  is restricted to airport to airport stake holders, this looks at the entire trade supply chain to bring in more people to the board, bring SME to the board, and it also improves online commerce,” he said.
The Minister of Aviation, Cecelia Abena Dapaah said Ghana considers the development of the aviation center as a priority area and therefore a lot of investment has been harnessed and injected into massive infrastructural development in Ghana’s airports, aerodromes and airstrips across the country.

The conference brought together experts in the airline and cargo clearance industry to brainstorm on how to improve the aviation industry.

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