John Jinapor

John Jinapor, Deputy Minister for Energy and Petroleum has defended government?s decision to impose tax on imported electric bulbs into the country.

The Minister who was addressing members of the Ghana Electrical Manufacturers Association at the teachers hall in Accra, indicated that the decision was partly informed by Government?s quest to protect the local industry.

He indicated that there are two local manufacturing companies of compact fluorescent bulbs in the country, which are Wellamp Company Ltd and Intronix Ltd. According to him, these companies are capable of meeting all local demands and even those of the West African market.

He further advised local manufacturers to produce high quality products which meet proper standards.

John further indicated that most imported products into the country are of inferior quality. He recalled instances where the Energy Commission had to order importers to ship back inferior bulbs to their countries of origin due to their poor quality.

Mr. Jinapor was however quick to add that the tax was not blanket, stressing that importers can still benefit from tax waivers if they opted for the much more efficient and longer lasting Light Emitting Diode (LED) lamps.

?The LED lamps have proven to be twice as efficient as the CFL and last twice longer even up to 10 years?, adding, ?this is the latest lighting technology the Ministry is currently promoting, we have therefore waived duties and taxes on these LED lamps,? he stated. (MYJOYONLINE)

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