The Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyeremanten, says it was not the duty of his ministry to scrutinize the package offered expatriates that sponsored the 2017 Ghana Expatriates Business Awards (GEBA).
Appearing before the five-member ad-hoc committee probing the matter, he said he had no business scrutinizing the criteria or package.
Answering questions asked by Mr. Dominic Ayine on whether he was aware whether there was a package for the participants at the event, the Minister said, one of the responsibility assigned the organizers, was to design a package pursuant to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
He also asked that, any reference to the package should be directed at the organizers.
When asked if he had any reason to object to the package designed, he answered saying: ‘’I had no reason to interrogate the nature and substance of that document. That was the responsibility specifically assigned to the other party,’’ he said.
‘’So I didn’t interrogate that document…I have submitted that, I did not have the responsibility of interrogating the substance of that document…The foundation was responsible for designing the package so I had no business to interrogate it’’
When further asked if it was not necessary to interrogate the document to establish any breach of the law or anything unethical, he stressed that, ‘’I had no responsibility interrogating that document and also audit it for the ethics of it. We entered into an agreement and that was their responsibility. And it was done. I did not interrogate it.''
The five-member ad-hoc Committee was constituted by Parliament to investigate the alleged extortion of expatriates who participated in the December 2017 Ghana Expatriates Business Awards (GEBA) begun public sittings on the matter yesterday [Thursday].
The Ghana Expatriate Business Awards is the brainchild of the Millennium Excellence Foundation, an entity noted for its prowess and credibility in the organisation of world-class events such as the Millennium Excellence Awards and the Accra Marathon.