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NUTAG CALLS FOR HARMONIZATION OF GIPC LAW 865, WHILE GUTA INSISTS RETAIL BUSINESS IS THEIRS TO DO
Chief Chukwumeka Nnaji, Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Traders Association Ghana has called on the Government of Ghana to harmonize the GIPC Law 865, section 27 & 28 which restrains foreigners from engaging in retail business in order to remove the conflict between locals and foreign traders.
“We have called on the Government of Ghana to harmonize the GIPC Law 865, section 27 & 28 that GUTA is using to terrorise Nigerian traders in Ghana,” he said. 
Speaking to the public on Eye on Port’s interactive platform, live on national television, on cross-border trade in Ghana, its strengths and weaknesses as well as opportunities and accompanying threats, the Chairman of NUTAG, stated vehemently that Nigerians, per ECOWAS Protocols, have the right to engage in economic activities in member states, which Ghana is a member.
“What we were made to understand is that Ghana may have been protecting local businesses but as ECOWAS members we have the right to do business in the Ghanaian market. That is what ECOWAS protocols say,” he said. 
Nigerians targeted?
He stated that in his opinion the aggressive campaign to drive away foreign retailers from the country is clearly an attack against Nigerians in particular as recent actions prove that other foreigners are not met with the same aggression. 
“The information I had received is that shops belonging to other foreigners were not closed so the aggression is being targeted at Nigerians and not other foreigners,” he opined. 

No ambiguity 
But the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the Ghanaian Union of Traders, David Kwadwo Amoateng, on the same programme, debunked his claim and maintained that there is no ambiguity in laws of Ghana as against the ECOWAS protocols.
“The ECOWAS protocols state that a member state can do business with another state if for example, a Ghanaian wants to do business in another country the goods that he/she will take there should be manufactured in Ghana,” he disclosed. 
He accused the Nigerian traders of violating the protocol on import of trade among countries and rather taking undue advantage to indulge in illegalities.
“The ECOWAS protocol did not state that a member state should go to the far east, import goods and clear them in their country for revenue to stay in their country and then load them onto trucks and transport them to another state,” he added. 
He said ever since the infiltration of foreigners, into the country, there’s been an outburst of inferior and substandard goods in the market, and Ghanaian retailers who sell durable goods, suffer due to price violations. 
Inferior goods
“Until the infiltration of foreigners, cables sold at Opera Square were imported from England. It is my first time I have seen cables loaded on trucks and been retailed at incredible discounts,” he stated. 
But Franklin Cudjoe, the President of IMANI Ghana, who was also a panellist on the live TV program charged state agencies to be proactive. 
“Even if the Ghanaian laws allow other nationals to do retailing in Ghana it is the mandate of Ghana Standard Authority to make sure that goods brought to the markets are quality and nothing of this nature happens,” he stated. 
He also called for clarity in the interpretation of the GIPC Laws on trading. 
“It is important that the laws are clearer and should be in sync with the West African Protocols. We need to be clearer on what ought to be done in our markets,” he added. 
Cost of doing business
The IMANI boss also urged Ghanaian traders to be competitive both in production and pricing in order to sustain their customers. 
“Our cost of doing business as a country is a bit high. It can be testified by GUTA that borrowing rate in Ghana is very high. Why are foreigners able to import goods from the same markets as Ghanaians, pay duties and still sell goods at cheaper prices,” he quizzed. 
The leader of the think-tank advocacy group said the focus should be on strategizing and setting up ECOWAS fundamentals where Ghanaians are able to borrow at a lower rate so they can invest and expand their businesses.  
Stay Calm
The Chairman of NUTAG advised his compatriots whose shops have been locked up by their Ghanaian counterparts to remain calm. 
“I want them to have patience especially those whose shops have been locked at Circle. We are believing that GUTA will live up to the expectation and open the shops as they promised,” he urged. 
He advised both Ghanaians and Nigerians to live in harmony and work together to learn from each other for the overall goal of commercial success of the sub-region. 
The GUTA Regional Chairman charged the Government of Ghana to as a matter of urgency review its trade policies and implement strategies to safeguard the national economy. 

EYE ON PORT ADJUDGED THE BEST LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT SERIALIZED MEDIA PROGRAM AT GLOTA AWARDS
Eye on port, the authoritative current affairs Maritime programme has been adjudged the Best Logistics and Transport Serialized Media program within Ghana’s logistic and transport sector for the year 2018 and 2019 by the Ghana Logistics and Transport Awards.
Eye on Port an initiative of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority aims to educate and inform the shipping and general public on happenings within the clearance chain, the industry and the international trade community. 
Ever since it first inception in April 2015, Eye on Port has consistently aimed at bringing the activities of the port closer to the public and the public also closer to the port. 
It is touted to be so far the only television program that focuses on shipping and maritime trade in Ghana.
Eye on Port has carved a niche for being the fastest, elaborate and most reliable source of informing the entire Ghanaian sub-regional community on sea trade matters. 
At the recently organized Ghana Logistics and Transport Awards, distinguished individuals and companies within the country’s Logistic and Transport value chain were awarded for their contribution to the growth of the country’s logistics and transport sector. 
The founder of the of Apex Shipping and Commercial Company David Arkutu won Lifetime Achievement Award and Kwabena Ofosu Appiah the immediate past President of GIFF was also presented with a citation for his dedicated service towards the international trade in Ghana. 
“Two years ago when this GLOTA Awards company emerged I said it is the right thing to happen to the Logistic and Transport Industry in Ghana. What it tells everybody is that whatever you are doing in your particular industry there are companies who are measuring your performance,” David Arkutu opined in an interview.

GIFF ELECTS EDWARD AKRONG AS PRESIDENT AT 23RD AGM
 The Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders has elected new executives at the 23rd Annual General Meeting of the Association in Cape Coast.
Edward Akrong, a former Council Member of the Freight Forwarding Association, has been elected president, taking over from Kwabena Ofosu Appiah who had steered the affairs of the Association for the past four years.
The 23rd Annual General Meeting of the Association also saw the election of other executives into office including William Abraham Turkson - 1st Vice President, Paul Kobina Mensah- 2nd Vice President, and Millicent Osekre – National Treasurer.
The outgone President of GIFF, Kwabena Ofosu Appiah stated that in his tenure of office the institution has affected policy direction both locally and internationally.
He also expressed his gratitude for all the support offered him by members of the institution.
The AGM was used to deliberate on the issues affecting the institution, devise new strategies that seek to promote best practices in the freight forwarding business and account for stewardship from the council members on their four years’ tenure of office. 
The meeting of the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders GIFF brought members of the institution across the entire nation together to deliberate on issues and devise new strategies to drive the institution forward.

Over the years, clearing agents and freight forwarders have through the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders undergone constant training to cope with the changes in the methods of clearing goods with the advent of new modules in the customs house business.
The Commissioner of Customs Col. Kwadwo Damoah, in a speech read on his behalf urged GIFF members to continue to strategize for the future in order to grow with the evolving trends of clearing and forwarding business.
“We must move forward. We in Ghana are in a competitive world. We are naturally in competition with other states in the business arena. If we slip or sleep others will overtake us,” he said.
The Head of Freights and Logistics of the Ghana Shippers Authority, Fred Asiedu Dartey praised the freight forwarding fraternity for standing up to the changing tides in the port industry and proving their competence to serve as intermediaries between traders and port service providers.
“Changes in the industry are not only testament of the improvement the port’s processing had gone through but more importantly it shows the resilience of the freight forwarding fraternity,” he commended.  
Kingsley Abeyei, General Manager Operations of West Blue Consulting, IT service providers for the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, acknowledged the role GIFF has played to make port clearance reforms a success for national development.
“It is worthy to note that your major contribution of development to the strategic action plan which set out a blueprint and a roadmap for the Ghana National Single Window Program has been followed diligently,” he praised.
The National Secretary of Customs Brokers Association of Ghana, Nicholas Osae urged his fellow freight forwarders to work with integrity and eschew some malpractices that threaten the reputation of the profession.
“As customs house agents, let us do well to protect our prestigious career by making sure we do not fall into the temptation to succumb to enterprises of mischief,” he advised. 

RECONSTRUCTION OF THE CHEMU LAGOON DRAIN TAKE-OFF: AS PART OF GPHA’S CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITIES
The Deputy Transport Minister, Daniel Nii Kwatei Titus Glover, has cut sod for the commencement of the reconstruction of the damaged Chemu Lagoon Trapezoid drain and estuary abutment.
The Chemu Lagoon which previously held economic and cultural value to the people of Tema has for years been in a deplorable state as a result of degrading human activities such as the dumping of domestic and industrial waste in the water body.
In order to salvage the situation and restore the lagoon to its original form, the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, has funded the reconstruction of the damaged Chemu Lagoon Trapezoid drain and estuary abutment which cost over GHS 7.5 million.
Hydronomics Limited, a Ghanaian-owned company has been contracted to undertake the reconstruction works and the project is scheduled to be completed in 6 months.
Speaking at the sod-cutting ceremony, the Deputy Minister for Transport, who is also the Member of Parliament for Tema East, Daniel Nii Kwatei Titus-Glover praised GPHA’s role in contributing massively to the development agenda of the Tema township.
“GPHA is doing wonderfully well for our people. They are funding the construction of the Manhean Park. Today, they are also funding for this big investment for us because the Chemu Lagoon serves serious purposes,” he expressed. 
He cautioned industries and individuals alike to shun activities that degrade the lagoon hinting at severe penalties for offenders.
“Anybody who flouts the assembly’s bye-laws will be dealt with,” he warned. 
The Metropolitan Chief Executive of Tema, Felix Nii Anang-La, who also praised GPHA’s effort to restore the Chemu Lagoon, a once fishing haven, revealed that the Metropolitan Assembly in collaboration with industries operating within the Tema Metropolis, have invested towards waste water treatment to eradicate pollution in the city.
“The Tema Metropolitan Assembly recently signed MOU with the city of Aarhus in Denmark on waste water treatment. The partnership will among other things build the assembly’s capacity to be able to better manage waste water,” he said. 

The Director-General of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, in a speech read on his behalf, stated that the Port Authority is committed to ploughing back some of its profits into the socio-economic development of the Tema community which has created the atmosphere for the Port industry to thrive.
“The people of Newtown and the projects associated with it are very dear to the hearts of the Director General. This project has been earmarked to be built by the port’s authority as our corporate social responsibility towards this community,” he said. 
Naa Ameley Asiedu, Human Resource Manager of Hydronomics Ltd, the contracted company undertaking the reconstruction project assured to include a major part of the people of the Chemu Community during the construction works.
“We are looking at bringing on board all other people to help. We will reduce the number of our workers so that we can bring workers from the Chemu community to help,” she assured. 
The traditional authorities of Tema received the project with great pleasure.

ICC GHANA PARTNERS WEST BLUE CONSULTING TO LAUNCH INCOTERM 2020
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Ghana in collaboration with West Blue Consulting, the technical support providers for Customs, GRA has launched Incoterms 2020 in Accra.
Incoterms is an acronym for International Commercial Terms, which is a trademark of the International Chamber of Commerce registered in several countries.
The Incoterms rules serve as a guide and provide specific guidance to individuals participating in the import and export of global trade on a daily basis.
Addressing participants at the event, a deputy Minister for trade and Industry, Carlos Ahenkorah said the launch of the incoterms will provide an atmosphere for trade expansion in the country.
He said the African continental free trade area aside deepening intra African trade will also translate to lower import prices.
“Ghana stands to benefit significantly from the AfCFTA and its anticipated positive impact on growth through a number of channels including a huge market outlet, high investment, deepening into African trade, welfare benefits from lower import prices, production efficiency, increase in output, higher value added jobs and exports,” he said.
According to the deputy Minister for trade and Industry, a three-year reform initiative coordinated by the ministry of trade and industry will be implemented to make Ghana one of the most transparent and efficient business environment in Africa.
Carlos Ahenkorah also said the trade ministry has developed a trade facilitation roadmap to improve efficiency and risk management with the following benefits.
“The ministry of trade and industry have been at the heart of this structural change with the implementation of aggressive industrialization agenda and a focus on deepening intra-regional trade,” he stated.
The Secretary General of ICC Ghana, Emmanuel Doni Kwame, explained the benefits of the launch of the Incoterm 2020 to trade in the country.
“It’s been launched for people to go through to know the new set of voluntary rules that govern trade and based on that to decide on the set of incoterms rules they need. It guides both buyers and sellers in international trade. If you’re an importer or exporter you should know which set of rules will help your business,” he explained.
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Ghana in collaboration with West Blue Consulting, the technical support providers for Customs, GRA has launched Incoterms 2020 in Accra.
Incoterms is an acronym for International Commercial Terms, which is a trademark of the International Chamber of Commerce registered in several countries.
The Incoterms rules serve as a guide and provide specific guidance to individuals participating in the import and export of global trade on a daily basis.
Addressing participants at the event, a deputy Minister for trade and Industry, Carlos Ahenkorah said the launch of the incoterms will provide an atmosphere for trade expansion in the country.
He said the African continental free trade area aside deepening intra African trade will also translate to lower import prices.
“Ghana stands to benefit significantly from the AfCFTA and its anticipated positive impact on growth through a number of channels including a huge market outlet, high investment, deepening into African trade, welfare benefits from lower import prices, production efficiency, increase in output, higher value added jobs and exports,” he said.
According to the deputy Minister for trade and Industry, a three-year reform initiative coordinated by the ministry of trade and industry will be implemented to make Ghana one of the most transparent and efficient business environment in Africa.
Carlos Ahenkorah also said the trade ministry has developed a trade facilitation roadmap to improve efficiency and risk management with the following benefits.
“The ministry of trade and industry have been at the heart of this structural change with the implementation of aggressive industrialization agenda and a focus on deepening intra-regional trade,” he stated.
The Secretary General of ICC Ghana, Emmanuel Doni Kwame, explained the benefits of the launch of the Incoterm 2020 to trade in the country.
“It’s been launched for people to go through to know the new set of voluntary rules that govern trade and based on that to decide on the set of incoterms rules they need. It guides both buyers and sellers in international trade. If you’re an importer or exporter you should know which set of rules will help your business,” he explained.

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