The Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Mr. Emmanuel Kofi Nti, said he is convinced that, building an enabling environment for the exchange of information among the Customs entities of Ghana and Cote-D’Ivoire, to facilitate computer systems interchange of transit information, will improve cooperation to enhance revenue compliance and national security.

Ghana Revenue AuthorityThe Commissioner General, said this at the launch of the Abidjan-Lagos Trade and Transport Facilitation Project (ALTTFP) to Facilitate Computer Systems Integration of Transit Information, between Customs of Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana Revenue Authority, in Accra on 28th July, 2017.

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Mr. Kofi Nti gave the assurance that, the event will mark as a major milestone in the facilitation of international supply chain, as well as deepen the scope of cooperation among the two republics of Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana, particularly in the networking between the Customs Administrations of the two countries.

According to him, the project aims to facilitate the free movement of people and goods along the Abidjan-Lagos corridor.

Adding that, the goal of the sub component to interconnect computer systems of the Customs Administrations of thses two countries is to optimize the exchange of information on exports and transit between the Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana through their clearance systems.

Officially launching the project, the deputy minister of finance and the MP for Atiwa Eaat, Hon. Abena Osei Asare said, government has shifted focus of economic growth from taxation to production to enhance tax compliance.

According to the minister, once the tax payers sees themselves as customers, and sees government as a client, they will be in a better position to respond to their tax obligations.

“The reduction of physical and nonphysical barriers, has a positive impact on investment opportunities like trade and transportation in the area of the international supply chain.

Government therefore has been the enabler, providing policy framework to support Customs modernization and provide to business and commerce, the space in which to grow their enterprise, particularly in the networking of new business contacts.” She revealed.

At this point, the head of Customs of Cote D’Ivoire, Da Pierre Alphonse, said the project will enable the two countries to reduce smuggling on the two corridors and also exchange data between the two countries and permit the easy transfer of cargoes and increase revenue at the Customs Administration.

“We noticed that, the project is so important that, it will permit between Lome and Elubo to reduce the timing of the transaction between the two borders and also permit to gain more time and increase revenues.” Mr. Da Pierre said.

At the occasion, was also the deputy minister of roads and highways, trade and industry, representative of the world Bank, GcNet, deputy commissioner BSMS, Mr. Godwin Attoh.

By:Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh