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GOIL Holds 84th Annual General Meeting
The leading oil marketing company in Ghana, GOIL, has held its 84th Annual General Meeting in Accra.
The outgone Board Chairman of GOIL, Prof. William. A. Asomaning in an address, stated that when his team took over in March 2009, the market share was 13.6% as the third largest Oil Marketing Company (OMC), and by December 2016, the market share had risen to 18.2% making GOIL the market leader in Ghana today.
He said GOIL has achieved 95.8% of its fuel sales target in spite of the tight competition in the industry.
Prof. William. A. Asomaning added that despite a fall of about 5.6% in national consumption of fuel product, GOIL grew fuel sales by 9.8% during 2016.
The meeting was also used to introduce the new board of GOIL chaired by a former Minister of the Interior, Peter Kwamena Essilfie Bartels.
He promised to work hard with his members to enhance the development of GOIL and also urged the shareholders to support the new board.
He expressed his sincere gratitude to the previous board members for their effort at rebranding the company to fit the standards of Oil Marketing Companies in the country.
The Group CEO and Managing Director of GOIL, Patrick Akorli said he is confident the new board will consolidate GOIL’s lead in the oil marketing industry.

Ghana Shippers Authority, Judicial Training Institute Launch “The Admiral”, A Compendium
The Ghana Shippers Authority in collaboration with the Judicial Training Institute has launched “The Admiral”, a compendium. The compendium is a compilation of papers delivered by experts in various subject areas of maritime law over a 10 year period.
The objective of producing the Admiral which is a compilation of maritime law papers delivered a 10 year period, is to provide a quick reference source for judges of the superior courts of Ghana and legal practitioners and to ensure quality judicial interpretations and adjudication of disputes on maritime issues.
The Minister of Transport, Kweku Ofori Asiamah believes the Admiral, is a massive contribution made to the development of maritime law in the country.
He said the recent discovery of oil and gas and its exploitation offshore brings about some legal implications which requires readily available and reliable reference source as well as training of the judiciary.
The CEO of Ghana Shippers Authority, Dr. Kofi Mbiah said it is important to deepen the level of technological penetration, develop full automated and integrated port clearance system that permits the sharing and utilisation of relevant trade and transport information to improve the level of efficiency in the maritime industry.
A deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame said the book will facilitate the human resource capacity for the understanding of complex and intricate transport and maritime issues.
The Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood who launched the book said judges will now be in a good position to adjudicate international maritime trade and transport disputes with the help of the Admiral.

Experts and stakeholders in port administration from Ghana, Dubai, Singapore and Antwerp ports share ideas on efficient port
Professionals in the maritime industry have deliberated on how the ports of Ghana can be made more efficient so as to enhance its competitiveness in the West African sub region at a presidential conference in Accra.
The conference, which was organised by the office of the vice President, was aimed at evaluating the efficiency of Ghana’s ports, receive recommendations from industry players on the kind of structures and policies to be rolled out to increase productivity and ensure Ghana’s business competitiveness.
The Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Paul Asare Ansah said the port authority has deployed several automation processes to increase its efficiency.
This, he noted will ease the cost of doing business in the ports of the country.
The Minister of Transport, Kweku Ofori Asiamah said the use of technology at Ghana’s ports will go a long way to improve efficiency at the ports.  
Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia said government will put in place appropriate policies for gathering and validating data to ensure its credibility is part of efforts to building an efficient port.
The Chief Executive Officer of West Blue Consulting Valentina Mintah suggested the integration of existing systems to reduce cost and time in the clearance process chain.
The Deputy Managing Director of GCNet, Emmanuel Darko advocated for a joint inspection of products that enter the country to facilitate the clearance process.
The Commissioner of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Isaac Crentsil together with other industry players such as Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders the President among others suggested ways as to how to improve the efficiency level of Ghana’s ports.
Experts from the Port of Dubai, Singapore and Antwerp shared some best practices at their respective ports stressing on the use of technology and running a paperless system in the clearance chain.
The experts also explained their ports have become very efficient in the receipt and discharge of cargoes.
They also promised to partner with all players in the port and shipping industry to improve the level of efficiency in Ghana’s ports.

Government announces 3 major policy initiatives to enhance port efficiency
Following complains of inefficiency at the ports of Ghana, the Vice president, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has organised a port efficiency conference for stakeholders in the port industry to deliberate on how to make the ports o Ghana efficient.
Dr. Bawumia announced 3 major policy moves which are expected to change situations at Ghana's Ports significantly and improve trade facilitation and ease of doing business in the country.
Speaking at the end of a Port efficiency conference organised in Accra, Dr. Bawumia directed the customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority to remove all customs barriers on the transit corridor.
This, he noted will clear all the barriers on the Ghana’s transit corridors, from Tema to Paga, Aflao, Hamle, Elubu and so on.
Secondly, he said, effective 1st September, 2017, there should be mandatory Joint inspection by regulatory agencies at Ghana’s Ports.
This is a departure from the situation where more than 16 agencies inspect imported items and extort from importers at the ports.
The Vice President further continued that from 1st September, 2017, Ghana is going 100% paperless at all of its Ports.
This, he noted will ensure electronic ways of transacting in the Port and eliminate physical contact with revenue officers.
Dr. Bawumia said in 4 weeks additional measures such the reduction of the number of agencies working in the Port should be announced.
The decision by government is seen as a bold decision that will drastically improve ease of doing business undoubtedly.
This is a move the Trading public have waited for in years.

Workers of Tema Port Expansion Project Protest Poor Working Conditions
Workers undertaking the Tema Port expansion project on behalf of Chinese Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) in Tema have embarked on an industrial action to demand for better conditions of service.
Clad in red head and hand bands, the workers who were burning with fury, converged in front of the construction site of the Tema Harbour expansion project and chanted their demands through singing and drumming.
In addition to asking for better condition of services, they also demanded the sacking of L’aine Services Ltd., the Human Resource subcontractor in charge of their salary and welfare.
According to the workers, CHEC pays L’aine Services Ltd. well but they on the other hand reduce the amount drastically when paying the workers.
The workers argued that they were maltreated and humiliated at the slightest provocation at the hands of their Chinese employers.
They also complained about discrimination between them and their Chinese counterparts.
The angry workers vowed not to return to work until their demands are met.

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