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Ghana’s Ministry of Trade and Industry has been directed by the Economic Management Team (EMT) to immediately halt the January 1, 2019, single window system takeover by CUPIA of Korea Customs Service and Ghana Link Network Service Limited.
The decision, which was taken on December 18, 2018, and communicated to the ministries of Trade and Finance, is to ensure that issues regarding the takeover of operations at the country’s ports are addressed.
A letter to that effect was signed by the Secretary and member of the EMT at the Vice-President’s Secretariat, Professor Joe Amoako-Tuffour, and copied to the Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Mr Kofi Nti.
The EMT has also demanded an additional eight-month transitional period (January to August) to avoid potential disruptions to port clearing systems.
DETAILS OF THE EMT DIRECTIVES
In the statement, the EMT tasked CUPIA of Korea and Ghana Link Network Service to provide a demonstration that they had developed a “full end-to-end Customs Technology Solutions Systems, successfully tested, with an independent stress report, and provide a comprehensive implementation plan to the EMT by the end of January 2019”.
Before the takeover happened, the EMT, the statement said, expected the Attorney General to provide an opinion on the implications of terminating the GCNet contract, which expires in 2023.
“That the minister of Trade and Industry and the Minister of Finance bring to Cabinet for consideration and approval the UNIPASS arrangements and Ghana Link Network Service Limited,” it said.
Source: African Eye Report