The Minister for Foreign Affairs of Denmark, Anders Samuelsen, has led a team of high powered business delegation to interact with players in the Ghanaian Maritime industry to foster stronger relations in maritime trade facilitation.
The delegation was received by equally top ranked players in Ghana’s Trade Industry, including, the Director General of Ghana Ports, Paul Asare Ansah Commissioner General of Ghana Revenue Authority, Emmanuel Kofi Nti Commissioner of Customs, Isaac Crentsil and Director of Tax Policy at the Ministry of Finance.
They said they are in Ghana to introduce a paradigm shift from offering aid to partnering in the area of Trade.
The Director General of GPHA, said Ghana’s Ports are well positioned to aid every level of Trade especially as the ports are witnessing significant transformation.
"Trade policies and customs procedures and also GPHA clearance have been as transparent as possible. Transparency is one of the pillars of trade facilitation," Mr. Paul Ansah stated.
The Commissioner General of GRA, Kofi Nti said as Ghana evolves from a lower to middle income country, it is gradually shelving the idea of development assistance and embracing trade facilitation.
"Despite the sacrifices of some tax lines, we look at basically nuisance taxes, despite that level of the reduction which take of those lines from tax system, when you look at the revenue generation against 2016 performance, it is quite significant," he said.
Commissioner of Customs, Isaac Crentsil applauded DANIDA for supporting Customs to achieve greater efficiency in ensuring efficient revenue generation.
"We also look at the situation of the valuation which wasn't helping us in terms of how we could value our goods but now a lot of things are happening from the DANIDA project and we are very grateful for giving us this opportunity", the Commissioner said.
The team enquired about the progress of the paperless implementation project, and how prepared are the Ports for a booming agro based industrialization which seem be an agenda of Ghana’s current government.
They also sought prospects for the future.
Earlier a business delegation made up of those interested in Agricultural trade called at the berth 5 of the Ghana Ports Authority. They observed loading of bulk shea nuts and were informed about the Ports Fruit Terminal and storage facilities.