Following the directive by the Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia for a joint inspection at the country’s ports, a 100 percent paperless system at the ports and removal of all customs barriers on the transit corridors by 1st September, Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo has made a follow-up visit to ascertain the Port communities readiness towards making doing business in the port very smooth while securing the needed revenue for government.
Accompanied by the Director General of Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and the Commissioner General of Ghana Revenue Authority, he first visited the customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Bureau of National Investigations to interact with officers there.
He urged the security agencies to strive to dispel the notion that they are only at the ports and along the clearance chain to harass and extort monies from traders.
He was of the view that the port has the potential to transform the national economy when performing at its highest efficiency capacity.
“So far the port is doing well and there is room for improvement. There are a number of agencies who are also involved in doing business at the port like the FDA, GSA and other authorities whose work impugn on time, that is they can cause delay at the port. So how do we think through to smoothen these operations,” he queried.
The two leading institutions in ensuring that the port is efficient and the needed revenue realised, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA) and Ghana Revenue Authority also shared their thoughts on measures put in place to realise the vision of the government.
The Director General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Paul Asare Ansah said the ports and harbours constitute the heartbeat of the economy and for that matter all those who operate within the port would have to as a matter of necessity work in harmony to ensure that “the activities at the port are very smooth and the ports do not pose any bottlenecks to trade facilitation and growth of business.”
The Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Emmanuel Kofi Nti said his outfit is working seriously to ensure that the compliant officers do the right things and in line with that discipline will be fused into the system.
“As part of disciplining the system some staff are on interdiction to indicate that we are serious in getting sanity in the system,” he said.