GHANA’S INDUSTRIAL SECTOR URGES GOVT TO STOP MALPRACTICES AT COUNTRY’S PORTS

ACCRA– The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) has called on the government to quickly take steps to stop various trade malpractices and revenue leakages at the country’s ports.

AGI president Dr Yaw Adu Gyamfi claims that hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of imports continue to slip through the country’s biggest port at Tema, about 25 kilometres east of here, especially without proper valuation.

Dr Gyamfi, addressing a media conference here Monday regarding irregularities at the ports, which include under-invoicing and under-declaration, commended the government for the reforms introduced it had to ensure efficiency at the ports in order to promote manufacturing and competitiveness of the local industry.

However, he added, the efforts by the government to sanitize port procedures through the recently introduced paperless system and Single Window at the port had come under serious threat from cartels which continued to wreck the nation.

He said the AGI would continue to endorse the paperless system as a major initiative by the government to ease doing business in Ghana.

He said paying taxes was mandatory, yet some criminal minded importers had found cunning ways to evade taxes and duties with the connivance of some revenue officials at the ports.

He said these practices at the ports, which had been perpetrated for years, threatened the government’s major policies such as the one district, one factory programme, as well as plans to create an industrialized economy and reduce unemployment levels in the country.

He said the malpractices continued to take a heavy toll on the country’s fruit and juice sector, electrical cables, tomatoes paste, canned tuna, cooking oil, biscuits and fast moving consumer goods industries in general.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

   

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