FABAG speaks on G-CAP implementation by GSA

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Mr John Awuni, a member of the Food and Beverages Association of Ghana,(FABAG)has stated that the implementation of the proposed Ghana Conformity Assessment Programme ( G-CAP), was inimical to business and trade.GSA
He said its implementation would also be a duplication to Destination Inspection Regime that was currently being practised in the country.
Mr Awuni who stated this in a press statement copied to the Ghana News Agency(GNA) on their forum on the implementation of G-CAP in Accra, said his outfit was not against the implementation of taxes, tariffs, or any other form of restrictions, but would also not ‘swallow’ any duplication.
“Ghana is already practising product conformity assessment under the destination Inspection Regime… And therefore introducing G-CAP will rather retard the current orderly progress in Ghana’s trade and business conformity laws.”
Last week, the FABAG organised a day’s forum on the impact of the proposed G-CAP by the Ghana Standards Authority, which was attended by the Association of Ghana Industries, the Ghana Union of Traders Association, Ghana Automobile Dealers Association, and the Ghana Shippers Authority, among other unions and Associations.
They, among other calls, appealed to the Ghana Standards Authority to completely cancel the G-CAP, which had been suspended for fine-tuning.
Mr Awuni who is also the Corporate Affairs Director of the Finatrade Group of Companies, said Ghana was currently performing better in terms of importing sub-standard goods in Africa, and it was therefore unacceptable to reverse that trend.
He said while Ghana is ranked 67th in the World in terms of imports and exports practices, countries such as Ethiopia, Egypt and Kenya that were practising G-CAP were ranked 125th, 128th and 129th in the world respectively.
He mentioned other countries as Burundi, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania and Algeria, that were practising G-CAP, and yet were languishing between 135th and 153rd in the world ranking.
Quoting Section Nine of Act 503 amended, Mr Awuni said:”For the purpose of ensuring that the quality , quantity, price and other specifications of import goods are in conformity with the particulars on the import Declaration Form, invoice and any other relevant to the goods, all commercial imports shall be subjected to destination inspections of the goods at the port or point of clearance in the country.?
He said all these were contained in the Ghana Standards Authority’s operational handbook, and wondered why new laws could be implemented, when indeed,they performed similar functions.
He explained that the implementation would hinder the progress of small businesses, as it would overburden them in terms of time and money, and called for its outright cancellation for business to flourish.

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