Ghana’s business environment to improve over paperless operations

Day in and day out, cranes load and unload shipping containers from large cargo vessels at the Georgia Ports Authority in Savannah.

The anticipated introduction of paperless operations at Ghana’s major ports is expected to enhance its business environment, an official said Monday.

Emmanuel Kofi Nti, Commissioner General (CG) of Ghana Revenue Authority, said the electronic port clearing system, expected to commence on September 1, will increase the country’s global competitiveness.

“Ghana has just decided to do the right things other developed countries are implementing,” Nti said while addressing a media sensitization workshop on the new initiative.

Starting in September, clearing of goods at Ghana’s sea and airports will be done electronically to reduce the human interface between importers and port officials.

The Commissioner-General expressed the optimism that this system would help reduce delays and eliminate corruption with a view to enhancing fair and transparent system to maximize revenue for the country.

The new paperless system is also expected to allow for joint examination of goods by all agencies at the ports and eliminate internal customs barriers on all transit corridors.

“Ghana is by this increasing her competitiveness at the world stage. Accra International Airport and other ports of entry will follow in due course,” Nti said.

There however have been agitations by some stakeholder organizations that the new system will take away jobs from some freight-forwarders and other port handling professionals.

Ghana’s first attempt at the paperless port handling system in 2012 failed, hence the repackaging of the program to meet international standards.

Isaac Crentsil, Commissioner for the Customs Division of the GRA, said with the new initiative, Ghana is going to enjoy the goodwill of the international business community as it has joined the comity of nations that are prepared to adhere to international best practices. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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