The Chairman for the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), Barimah Dr. Ofori Ameyaw says the assurance given by the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia that, government would put in place appropriate policies to improve ports efficiency for accelerated national development, is long overdue.
Vice President Bawumia who delivered a keynote address at the Port Efficiency Conference in Accra on the theme: “Improving Port Efficiency and Trade Facilitation in Ghana” on Wednesday said, inefficiencies and man-made bottlenecks had direct bearing on the tax revenues collected at the ports.
The Vice President further directed all Customs barriers on the roads to be removed effective September 1, this year, and the personnel deployed elsewhere.
This is to enhance trade facilitation between Ghana and its neighbouring countries.
But commenting on the latest development, the Chairman of GUTA indicated, although the directive was laudable it is long overdue.
Stakeholders he lamented have complained over the inefficiencies at the ports and human interference which affects competitiveness of the ports and businesses.
He said, we have complained bitterly over these challenges for far too long and so we will applaud government for the directive.
Per the directive the ports would go paperless to prevent man-made bottlenecks and improve automation by September.
‘’This is a good directive and we are happy about it. This shows that they have listened to our plight and taken the necessary step to address them.’’
The directive in his view will boost investor confidence and encourage more exporters and importers to use our ports and ease the way of doing business and trade.