Tema port
Tema port

The Vice-President of Ghana, Mahamudu Bawumia, has said the government was working around the clock to raise the country’s port operations to international standards.

He said that after broad consultations with relevant stakeholders, a number of measures was set to be introduced at Ghana’s ports to improve efficiency and make them more user-friendly.

According to him, the government’s goal within the next six months is to have a robust risk engine which will grant customs clearance in a maximum of four hours.

“Dubai customs is able to grant customs clearance in one-and-a-half seconds and so Ghana can definitely aim for four hours instead of the current system of days and weeks,” he told stakeholders in a meeting on Wednesday at the seat of government in Accra.

In June, this year, the government announced that Ghana was going 100 percent paperless at all of its ports, beginning on September 1 to ensure electronic ways of transacting in the port to eliminate physical contact with revenue officers.

Consequently, the government directed the Customs Division to remove all barriers on the country’s roads effective Sept.1, 2017.

The directive forms part of a three-phase policy reform to make Ghana’s ports competitive on the continent.

Ghana’s ports are noted for inexplicable charges, delays, lack of transparency and complexity in port operations. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/Newsghana.com.gh