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Ghana has renewed its commitment to support Ghanaians involved in the retail trade sector.
In this regard, the Committee on Retail Trade established in May 2018 to oversee the enforcement of domestic retail legislation, regulations and policies, has been mandated to continue its work with a higher level of executive authority following the appointment of the Minister of Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, as the new Chairman of the Committee.
In a press statement jointly signed by Alan Kyerematen, and Dr. Joseph Obeng, who is the president fo the Ghana Union of Traders Association and copied to Ghananewsonline.com.gh, the decision was arrived at during an emergency Stakeholders Meeting organized by the Trade Ministry and Industry on July 31, 2018 in Accra attended by representatives of the following Stakeholders selected from State institutions and the trading community:
National Executives and selected Regional Executives of Ghana Union Traders Association (GUTA); Ministry of National Security; Ministry of Information; Ghana Investment Promotion Center; Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry & Tourism; and Consumer Protection Agency.
Other representatives were invited from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Regional Integration; Ghana Police Service; Ghana Immigration Service; and Private Enterprise Federation (PEF).
The meeting agreed to include representatives from the Ghana Standards Authority and Food and Drugs Authority on the Committee.
The Government delegation to the meeting was led by Hon. Alan Kyerematen, Minister of Trade & Industry and included Hon. Bryan Acheampong, Minister of State, National Security; Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, Deputy Minister of Information; Mr. Yofi Grant, CEO of Ghana Investment Promotion Council; Hon. Nana Amaniapong Marfo (MP); Hon. Ato Panford (MP), Chairman and Vice Chairman respectively of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Trade, Industry and Tourism, whiles the Ghana Union Traders Association was led by Dr. Joseph Obeng, President of GUTA.
The deliberations took account of the legal, socio-economic, political and diplomatic as well as security considerations of maintaining peace, order and sanity in the domestic retail landscape, whilst ensuring compliance with relevant local laws and regulations.
The next meeting of the Committee on Retail Trade has been scheduled for Monday, 6th August, 2018.
Source: Sammy Adjei || Ghananewsonline.com.gh
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