Ghana Ports & Harbours Authority News
Customs, West Blue holds 2day Workshop for some selected organisations to pilot paperless trade in Ghana
The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority in collaboration with their technical partners, West blue consulting has organised a two day stakeholder engagement workshop for some selected organisations who are to pilot the paperless trade in Ghana.
The objective of the workshop is to prepare participants for the upcoming pilot run of the paperless trade in Ghana, encourage discussions and sharing of perspectives.
Participants were educated on how to register their products and also make payment electronically.
In this vein the stress of having to move from one office to the other to get services would be reduced.
A participant, Percy Adomako Agyekum from the Food and Drugs Authority described the training as very good, adding that it will bring harmony among other organisations, importers and exporters.
He also said that it will bring transparency among agencies that are operating on the platform.

United State Coast Guard Assesses Security at Takoradi Port
The Port of Takoradi which currently being expanded to increase vessel calls has been audited by officials from the United State Coast guard as part of their routine auditing of port facilities.
Soon after commending the port of Tema for improved security, the United State Coast guard team also visited the port of Takoradi to assess the level of its security.
The audit is in line with the international ship and port security (ISPS) code, which came into being in the early part of 2004 and aimed at implementing and enforcing high security measures to prevent the act of terrorism and other security threats in Ports and their facilities.
The team was received and briefed by the Director of Takoradi Port, Ebenzer Afedzi and the Harbour Master, Captain Richmond Quayeson.
They visited the various entry and exit points of the port of Takoradi to assess control mechanisms put in the place by Ghana’s Port Authority.
The team observed a high and full compliance on the part of Takoradi Port.

Tema Fishing Harbour Management Engages Players in Fishing Industry
Management of the Tema Fishing Harbour has held its quarterly engagement with stakeholders in the fishing industry.
The engagements offer a platform where companies and individuals involved in the fishing industry come together to deliberate and discuss issues of common concern that will help to advance the laws of the fishing harbour.
Stakeholders were educated on maritime pollution bill and developments that will be taking place in the fishing harbour to advance the fishing business.
The Deputy Minister of Transport who is also the Member of Parliament for Tema East, Daniel Titus-Glover entreated fishing vessel owners to ensure at all times that their vessels are sea worthy so as to avert accidents.
He cautioned those who use unorthodox methods of fishing to refrain from the practice.
Commending the management of the Fishing Harbour for the quarterly stakeholder engagements, Titus Glover said the Transport Ministry is prepared to implement recommendations from the stakeholder engagement.
The Director of Tema Port, Edward Osei said management of the port will continue to create a congenial environment for all stakeholders that operate in the fishing harbour.
He also charged the stakeholders to contribute effectively towards ensuring that work becomes smooth in the Fishing Harbour.
The General Manager of the Tema Fishing Harbour, Samuel Kumi Adjei-Sam said management is working assiduously to improve the sanitation situation at the fishing harbour.

GPHA Schools Shipping Lines, Terminal Operators Over Paperless System
The acting Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Paul Asare Ansah has assured stakeholders operating in the port and maritime industry that the September 1 paperless system at the ports coupled with the joint inspection by all regulatory agencies would reduce the cost of doing business at the port.
Addressing stakeholders made up of shipping lines, terminal operators, Customs, Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana Standards Authority, among others as part of the port authority’s preparedness towards the paperless system, Paul Asare Ansah assured the stakeholders that measures have been put in place to make the port efficient and ease the time of doing business at the port.
The General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Affairs at GPHA, Esther Gyebi Donkor assured stakeholders that the port authority is ready for the paperless system and that a piloting of the paperless system will commence for selected organisations.
She took the stakeholders through how they can access GPHA services on the Port Authority’s electronic system.
Some of the stakeholders also made some input towards ensuring that likely challenges are minimised.

GPHA Paperless Committee Engages Departmental Staffs over going paperless
As part of its preparedness towards the September 1 paperless directive by the Vice President, the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority has commenced a sensitisation programme to educate all departments at the port.
The sensitisation which is led by a GPHA paperless technical committee and the Marketing and Corporate Affairs department moved from one department to the other to inform staff of what is expected of them as well as solicit their input.
At the Golden Jubilee Terminal where devanning activities take place, the General Manager, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Esther Gyebi Donkor charged staff to respond promptly to electronic requests made by clearing and forwarding agents.
The team also proceeded to Terminal One, where staff were taken through the paperless process and what they should look out for.
The GPHA Paperless Committee also met with the port security department to sensitise them on their role in the paperless process.
The GPHA revenue collection centre which will be redundant when the paperless system starts was also visited by the committee members before finally engaging management of Tema Port.
Esther Gyebi Donkor charged staff to contribute their best towards ensuring that the paperless system achieves the right results.

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