The Destination Inspection Companies (DIC) has hit back at the Ghana Importers and Exporter Association following allegations that the DIC?s are behind the implementation of the Ghana Conformity Assessment Programme (G-CAP).
According to the DIC?s Secretary of the Joint Consultative Committee, they have no knowledge of the G-CAP and how it was put together by the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA).
?As far as I know and as far as information available to the public will show, the objective of G-CAP and the objectives of the Destination Inspection Companies are completely different and they are not tied together in anyway. I think it is a fallacy to allege in any way that the Destination Inspection Companies are behind the G-CAP.?
In December 2014 the Ghana Importers and Exporters Association accused the DIC?s of pushing for the implementation of the G-CAP by the Ghana Standards Authority so they could stay in business because they the importers had picked up signals that the government was considering not renewing its contracts with the DIC?s when it was ended.
In an interview with Citi Business News last year the Importers and Exporters Association said Ghana will lose heavily in transit trade of goods and the country was also going to be in a clear violation of World Trade Organization rules.
The G-CAP is a conformity assessment process used to verify that products imported to Ghana meet the necessary standards as set by the GSA.
Secretary of the Joint Consultative Committee of the Destination Inspection Companies Walter A. Onyango has been speaking to Citi Business News and denied the allegations asking the Importers and Exporters to deal with the GSA but not draw the DIC?s into the brawl.
?I think the proper answer can be obtained from the originators of the G-CAP but from the DIC?s perspectives we are unable to comment and I know on behalf of the five DIC?s that exist that we have absolutely nothing to do with the conformity assessment.?
When asked whether or not the DIC?s would consider having the inspection done for the Ghana Standard Authority if they were approached, Walter Onyango said issues related to interest he could only express on a personal level saying as to whether the DIC?s would be interested in undertaking the inspection is a matter beyond his level, because these are matters reserved for the board and the shareholders of the Destination Inspection Companies.
Norvan Acquah – Hayford