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GHAPOHA Boss admits to many challenges @Ports

Written by  May 19, 2017
The boss for Ghana Ports and Harbour Authority (GPHA), Mr. Asare Ansah has lauded the assurance given by the Vice President that government will in place appropriate policies to improve ports efficiency for accelerated national development. According to him, they are bedeviled with several challenges and when government is able to solve them it will improve upon their work. The Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has charged stakeholders rendering services at the country’s ports to adopt practical approaches towards removing bottlenecks to improve the competitiveness of the ports and businesses as well as importers and exporters. Dr. Bawumia in his address said, GPHA handled about 70 per cent of the national and neighbouring landlocked Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger’s trade and traffic, adding “Ghana's ports have seen some improvements over the years. We have created new berths, built new terminals, upgraded equipment and implemented several reforms to raise the efficiency of the ports, facilitate trade, and improve revenue mobilisation.   “In spite of all these efforts, most users of our ports will agree that we are far from achieving the level of port efficiency that we all wish to see and to make Tema or Takoradi the ports of choice in the sub-region.’’ Speaking to Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Mr. Asare Ansah said the ports must have the required technology, infrastructure and human resource to provide efficient services. He lamented over delays in the clearance of goods at these ports a situation he stressed remain a headache for most investors.   ''I will encourage government to roll out policies that will prevent exporters and importers from facing long hours of clearing their goods due to duplication of activities and corruption. To some extent, there is some level of frustration and corruption at our ports due to duplication of activities.’’ On custom tracking system, he said, we must prevent the inefficiency and corruption at that end. Mr Ansah explained, the trackers help governmental oversight bodies to monitor the movement of the trucks to ensure that they do not offload illegally in the country. However, we are faced with challenges leading to diversion, inefficiency and loss of revenue. We need a reliable electronic tracking system, he stressed. He said they do not have a problem with revenue leakage due to the mechanisms available.    
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