Global Garment Brands tour Dawa Industrial Zone

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Executives of some of the world’s largest garment makers have toured the state-of-the-art Dawa Industrial Zone (DIZ), which is owned, developed and managed by LMI Holdings.

The group included business executives from PVH –producers of Van Heusen, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein; H&M and VF Asia Sourcing Limited – the Asian unit of VF Corporation which owns brands such as Timberland, Vans, Walls and JanSports.

The tour, which forms part of the garment makers’ agenda to scout for an ideal location to set up a garments village to manufacture and export their products to their markets around the world, was facilitated by the Ministry of Trade and Industry in collaboration with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change. They briefed and taken round the Dawa Industrial Zone to see the facilities available.

Ernest Owusu-Afari, Executive Director of LMI Holdings, during the briefing explained that securing the manufacturing businesses of these global brands here in Ghana would give a strong impetus to the government’s drive to establish Ghana as the hub for garments manufacturing and industrialisation in the sub-region.

“It would be a significant achievement for the government, the private sector and people of Ghana to secure the business of these brands. It would mean we have met certain key benchmarks including political stability, reliable energy, skilled and semi-skilled manpower and infrastructures such as railway, roads, electricity and water,” he said.

Why choose Dawa Industrial Zone?

LMI Holdings, Mr. Owusu-Afari noted, has identified the garments and textiles industry as one of the sectors with the potential to yield large numbers of well-paid jobs, as well as export and tax revenue for the state.

That is why he believes that locating a garment factory in the Dawa Industrial Zone, especially the Garments Village –a 200-acre demarcation within the zone– is the best decision the garment makers can make. To him, the primary advantages include one of the largest electricity sub-stations in Ghana, a first-class internal road network, central drainage and sewerage, fibre optic data facilities and security and professional estate management.

“We have designated 200 acres of land to serve the garment sector exclusively; our proximity to the Tema port for the import of raw materials and export of finished goods; our connection to the under-construction railway lines that link the south to the north; capacity to accommodate all classes of industry including energy intensive ones are some of our advantages.

We have quality and reliability electricity in our industrial park which is comparable to first world levels with 99.8percent uptime over the past 12 months. LMI Holdings and the Ghana Free Zones Authority have agreed to designate 1,000 acres of the DIZ as a free zones enclave. Government agencies including the Free Zones Authority, Ghana Revenue Authority and the police service will have permanent presence on the site,” he told the investors.

Going green and preferential tariffs

With the Tema Free Zones Enclave seeing the construction of a 12MW roof-mounted solar generating facility to reduce LMI Holdings’ carbon footprint and that of its tenants, Mr. Owusu-Afari explained that the DIZ would benefit from a 300 acre energy solar farm that generates 30MW power.

“Electricity tariffs are regulated by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) but the Garments Village, as a strategic economic initiative, may be eligible for preferential tariffs at the government’s discretion,” he added.

The Dawa Industrial Zone is the focal point of a new 22,000 acre planned urban development initiated and completely funded by LMI Holdings, but with the active support and encouragement of the government of Ghana.

 

CONTACT US

LMI Holdings Limited, 1 EL Senoussi Street,

Off Independence Avenue, Ridge-Accra.

Contact Numbers:

+233 (0) 552030000

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Useful Buying Tips for Science Laboratory Equipment Supplies

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Companies and educational institutions using laboratory equipment need a reliable supplier. Especially when this equipment forms an important part of their operations. It is necessary to collect and calculate data. But also to conduct science experiments.

Quality control, laboratory managers, students, researchers and scientists use it in their work. They use it to perform experiments,   develop new concepts and ideas and for R&D purposes.

There is a wide range of science laboratory equipment available on the market. Common items include glassware, microscopes, lenses, gloves, magnifying glasses, Bunsen burner, safety goggles, flasks, beakers etc.. Other items meet the specific requirements of the laboratory.

It is important to get the right equipment so that it lasts a long time. Most are available to buy online through dozens of websites. But before you pay, and have it delivered, take care in selecting what you need.

As such we would like to share useful tips and considerations. They will help you when ordering science laboratory equipment:

  1. First, decide on the type of equipment you need for your project or science laboratory. Some laboratory equipment and tools are specific for physics, chemistry and biology laboratories. Others are suitable for all types of laboratories.
  2. Don’t hesitate to buy general-purpose equipment, because you may need these every now and then.
  3. Consider buying from a supplier with a good market reputation. Online directories can help you get detailed information about these suppliers. But, personal recommendations from friends and co-workers are helpful too.
  4. Only buy supplies that provide durable performance and accurate results.
  5. Know the specifications of the type of equipment that suits your specific needs. If in doubt ask the supplier the necessary questions. And ask to see a product catalogue and instructions for the equipment.

For more information on laboratory equipment supplies, contact us at:

Mount Laboratories UK Ltd

Tel: +44(0)1509 235279

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.mountlaboratories.com

Or speak with our local representative at:

Global Trade Consult

Tel: +233(0)302 913698

Mobile: +233(0)556210224

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.globaltradeconsult.com.gh

Guinness Ghana Breweries Plc Fact Sheet

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LRM Socio-Economic Impact Study Findings

Background

Guinness Ghana’s LRM intervention started in 2012 in line with Government’s Policy initiative to incorporate the use of local raw materials in the production of our alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Since its inception, Guinness Ghana has grown its percentage of LRM usage from 12% in 2012 to the 55% this 2019, a firm demonstration of our commitment to the LRM agenda. This consistent growth in LRM uptake has been achieved through significant capital investment to re-engineer plant and equipment, as well as technical and financial support to farmers to improve crop yield.

Key Findings of our 2019 LRM Socio-Economic Impact Study

Guinness Ghana’s activities in the maize, sorghum, and cassava value chains have contributed to positive changes for farmers along these value chains. As a result of the ready and reliable market provided by Guinness Ghana, farmers have increased average acres under cultivation and this has translated into increased yields, labour employment, gross revenues and profits. Key gains identified include:

  • The main categories of stakeholders impacted are farmers, aggregators, processors, input dealers, and traders. Beside smallholder farmers who constitute the bulk of beneficiaries, there are several others who directly and or indirectly have been impacted by the LRM initiative along the three commodity value chains.
  • It is estimated that about 30,000 smallholder farmers have been impacted by the LRM initiative. With an average household size of 7 across the study regions, it is estimated that 210,000 smallholder farmers and their households have been impacted by the LRM by Guinness Ghana.
  • Average income from crop sales increased for farmers in the maize and sorghum value chains from 2017 to 2019. The average gross revenue per maize smallholder farmers increased by 126% from GH¢ 2,194 to GH¢ 4,964. Farmers engaged in the sorghum value chain increased gross revenue by 120% from GH¢ 957 to GH¢ 2107. There was a slight decrease of about 3% in gross revenue for farmers in the cassava value chain from GH¢ 3410 to GH¢ Revenue from the target crops made up about 43% of households income in the past year.
  • Average profit for smallholder farmers across all crops was estimated at GH¢ 2167.42. Using a farmer population of 30,000, a total of GH¢ 65,022,600 is estimated to have been earned as profits by farmers across the study regions.
  • Increase in the number of paid workers, along with increases in average expenditure on hired labour in the sorghum value chain. There has been an increase in the average number of hired workers employed by sorghum farmers (by 45%, from about 11 hired workers in 2016 to 16 in 2019) with slight decrease in hired labour along the maize and cassava value chains, although farmers in the maize and cassava value chains report an increase in the average full-time workers.
  • The LRM initiative has led to the establishment of some new business entities operating along the value chains. The LRM initiative has led to the establishment of some multi-million business entities which have entered into a contract to supply maize and sorghum to Guinness Ghana because of the enhancement of the LRM. There are about twenty (20) aggregators/commercial farms spread across the country who are expanding and registering more out-grower farmers to boost their capacity to supply to Guinness Ghana. Other existing companies have also expanded and reformed their production systems.
  • Increased investments in the maize, sorghum, and cassava value chains. Our assessment of the companies linked to Guinness Ghana under the LRM intervention showed investments in large tracts of land, new technologies and equipment, varietal trials in sorghum, maize and cassava and recruitment of high level human resource. All these investments, we found, were aimed at meeting contractual agreements with Guinness Ghana LRM
  • Investments in quality of life improvements such as investments in children’s education housing, water, sanitation, health and nutrition. The percentage of respondents who were house owners has increased from 67.1% in 2017 to 74.5% in 2019.
  • The potential for taxation in the three targeted commodities’ value chains is huge. Besides the smallholder farmers who constitute the majority of actors, others in the value chains include transporters, input dealers, processors, aggregators, commercial farmers and traders. The estimated quantum of income of smallholder farmers available in the interventions regions for taxation was estimated to be GH¢ 101, 525,000 per annum in 2017 and this figure was calculated from an average income of GH¢ 4,061 per annum from crop sales multiplied by the target beneficiaries of 25,000 in the intervention regions. By similar calculation, the figure is estimated at GH¢ 187,710,000 for 2019, using an average income of GH¢ 6,257 per annum from crop sales. However, the study established that most of these smallholder farmers do not pay formal income taxes. Corporate taxes and import duties were other major sources of tax which have been stimulated by LRM. At least, US$50m of investment in equipment has passed through the country’s ports between 2018 and 2019, which have been taxed.
  • Illicit alcohol consumption.

The level of alcohol consumption is generally low across the study districts. However, respondents who consume alcohol indicated their preference for local/mainstream spirits because of the comparatively lower prices and perceived benefits such as appetite, sexual prowess, extra energy for work, etc.

Key Findings of our 2017 LRM Socio-Economic Impact Study

Guinness Ghana’s activities in the maize, sorghum, and cassava value chains have contributed to positive changes for farmers along these value chains. As a result of the ready and reliable market provided by Guinness Ghana, farmers have increased average acres under cultivation and this has translated into increased yields, labour employment, gross revenues and profits. Key gains identified include:

  • The main categories of stakeholders impacted are input suppliers, farmers, aggregators, processors and traders. There are several others who directly and or indirectly have been impacted by the LRM initiative as shown in the three commodity value chains. For instance, planting materials suppliers, agrochemical dealers, transporters, commercial farmers, wholesalers and retailers, extension and credit service providers. In the intervention areas of GGBL’s, the major stakeholders are the smallholder farmers who constitute the bulk of the actors in the value chains and this is where GGBL’s LRM is likely to make the most impact.
  • The total number of smallholder farmers being impacted by the LRM is estimated around 25,000. With an average household size of 7 across the study regions, it is estimated that 175,000 smallholder farmers and their households have been impacted by the LRM by GGBL.
  • Income for smallholder farmers increased in the cassava value chain from 2014 to 2017. The highest change in income was recorded in the Upper West Akim district in the Eastern region; the change in income from 2014 (GH¢ 3,454) to 2017 (GH¢ 7,797) is 125.7%. Similarly, the figures for the other districts where the baseline was undertaken in 2014 show significant increases in incomes: in Awutu Senya district the change was 42.6% (from GH¢ 2,681 in 2014 to GH¢ 3,822 in 2017); Agona East, 38.3% (from GH¢ 3,450 in 2014 to GH¢ 4,773 in 2017); and Atebubu-Amantin, 20.5% (from GH¢ 2,863 in 2014 to GH¢ 3,451 in 2017).
  • Investments in quality of life improvements such as improved housing, water and sanitation, education, and asset ownership. The majority of the respondents (67.2%) indicated they were owners of their houses, although the situation has not changed much since the 2014 baseline studies (67.3%). The percentage of respondents with access to improved water source increased from 73.8% in 2014 to 87% in 2017. Similarly, there was 17% increase in the number of respondents with access to an improved toilet facility.
  • Increase in the number of paid workers, along with increases in average expenditure on labour. The average number of all paid workers a farmer hired per season increased by 25% from 8 in 2014 to 10 hired labourers in 2017. With an estimated beneficiary population of 25,000, it is estimated that a total 250,000 hired labourers were engaged by farmers in the three commodities value chains as a result of the GGBL LRM intervention in the six study regions. On average, expenditure on hired labour increased from GH¢ 513 in 2014 to GH¢ 706 in 2017. Using a beneficiary population of 25000 as of 2017, a total of GH¢ 17, 650,000 is estimated to have been earned as income by hired labourers.
  • The estimated quantum of income of farmers available in the intervention regions for taxation is estimated to be GHC101, 525,000 per annum. The target beneficiaries are mostly smallholder farmers who constitute the majority of the actors in the three commodity value chains and do not pay direct taxes. They are only levied by the district assemblies if they sell produce in the markets in the districts. But most farmers sell at the farm gate and thus escape these taxes. However, as a result of the GGBL’s LRM intervention, there has been an improvement in the incomes of farmers. The other actors in the value chains are taxed per the incomes they earn.
  • Income variance

Compared with non-intervention communities, income variance of approximately 80 percent was found

  • Alcohol consumption
  • Improvement in the value chain

Companies have invested in large tracts of land, new technologies and equipment, varietal trials in sorghum, maize and cassava, irrigation facilities, rehabilitation of equipment and recruitment of high-level human resource including experienced international agronomists and managers. All these investments made by new companies such as Gorshen Porshe Ranch, Mango City and Agriaccess were aimed at meeting contractual agreements of GGBL’s LRM initiative.

 

LRM Benefits to Government

  • Besides the revenue returns to government, GGBPLC’s LRM provides ready offtake to farmers for sorghum, cassava and maize, which directly supports governments Planting for Food and Jobs agenda.
  • It also supports the government’s manifesto policy on providing tax and related incentives for manufacturing businesses in sectors such as agro-processing and light industries among others
  • Guinness Ghana’s LRM offtake reduces Ghana’s forex exposure as forex otherwise needed for importation of raw barley
  • As Guinness Ghana expands production capacity, demand for sorghum and other raw materials will increase, thereby creating additional jobs through the opportunities to diversify the supply chain, such as:
  • malting of sorghum which will create additional job opportunities locally and across the sub-region
  • building infrastructure for storage and cleaning of the LRM
  • Conversion of cassava starch to High Maltose Syrup
  • Opportunities in flavours manufacturing

 

LRM Benefits to Farmers

  • GGBPLC spends approximately GHC 45 million per annum on sourcing local raw material (particularly sorghum, maize and cassava starch) from Ghanaian farmers thereby providing sustained livelihoods to farmers and the supply chain that depends on our LRM sourcing.
  • From our 2017 LRM Socio-economic Impact Study, Guinness’ LRM sourcing directly employed 30,000 smallholder farmers and created additional 210,000 jobs in the supply chain, which generated income revenue of more than GH¢ 180 million through the chain.
  • Improvement in the livelihood of farmers as a result of a ready market for their farm produce – improved access to clean water, sanitation and housing

 

Conclusion

The LRM initiative has contributed to positive changes for farmers and actors along the maize, sorghum, and cassava value chains. This has led to improved living conditions amongst smallholder farmers, in the areas of child education, housing, water and sanitation, health and nutrition, among others. Farmers are convinced that the intervention has the potential to transform agriculture in their localities because of the ready market provided by Guinness Ghana.

 

 

Total Ghana Adjudged Petroleum Company of the Year – CIMG

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Accra, 3rd October 2019 – Total Petroleum Ghana Limited (Total Ghana), a leading oil marketing company in the country, has been adjudged the Petroleum Company of the Year at the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) Award held on Friday, 27th September in Accra.
The citation from CIMG commended Total Ghana for putting measures in place to be the preferred brand amongst the numerous oil marketing companies (OMCs) as it offers solution-based products and services to the public.
Commenting on the award presented by the CEO of the Association of Oil Marketing Companies (AOMC), the Lubricants Manager of Total Ghana, Mr. Henry Adzewodah said that “it was an honour to receive such a prestigious award. For the past years, Total Ghana has delivered quality and innovative products based on extensive research for the benefits of motorists.”
The evaluators of the awards applauded Total Ghana for introducing the Total Excellium range of products which remains the pacesetter in the petroleum sector. This fuel, accessible in all its stations, has additives which enhances engine performance leading to lower fuel consumption and lower pollution. It is also designed to prevent deposit accumulation in the engine and to give excellent engine protection at all times.
In addition, the Company’s Total TROXI club, which is the very first loyalty scheme to be introduced by an OMC in Ghana, has made a great impact in the market. Through this club, Taxi, Trotro and other commercial drivers are rewarded with attractive discounts per every purchase made on fuel and lubricants which accumulate into
quarterly rewards. Additionally, they receive personal insurance cover in case of accidents. Mr. Henry Adzewodah emphasized Total Ghana’s commitment to providing innovative solutions which satisfy the needs of customers while safeguarding the environment. He dedicated the award to its customers for their unwavering trust in the Total brand
and assured them of its continuous effort to deliver top-notch products and services throughout its network of service stations and consumer sites in the country.
The CIMG awards are designed to create awareness of the Marketing concept in businesses and sustainability and to promote high professional standards and excellence among practitioners.

About Total Petroleum Ghana Limited
Established in 1951, Total Petroleum Ghana Limited is a locally listed oil marketing company with over 4700 Ghanaian shareholders. The company has a retail network of about 249 service stations across the ten regions of the country with activities spanning the Aviation, Bitumen and Mining businesses. The company provides expertise on engine performance and reduction in fuel consumption through premium quality fuels, lubricants and car care products. Total Petroleum Ghana Limited is ISO 9001:2015 certified and its respect for quality, standards, achievements and safety has propelled it to the forefront of the Ghanaian Petroleum Industry.

About the Marketing & Services division of Total
The Marketing & Services division of Total develops and markets products primarily derived from crude oil, along with all of the associated services. Its 31,000 employees are present in 110 countries and its products and services offers are sold in 150 countries. Every day, Total Marketing Services serves more than 8 million customers in its network of over 16,000 service stations in 65 countries. As the world’s fourth-largest distributor of lubricants and the leading distributor of petroleum products in Africa, Total Marketing Services operates 50 production sites worldwide where it manufactures the lubricants, bitumen, additives, special fuels and fluids that sustain its growth.

About Total
Total is a global integrated energy producer and provider, a leading international oil and gas company, a major player in low-carbon energies. Our 98,000 employees are committed to better energy that is safer, cleaner, more efficient, more innovative and accessible to as many people as possible. As a responsible corporate citizen, we focus on ensuring that our
operations in more than 130 countries worldwide consistently deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.

Bilateral Trade and Intra-Continental Trade

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In recent weeks there has been much focus on Westminster and when and how (or even if) the UK may leave the European Union. Clearly with so much still up in the air it is not possible, with any degree of confidence, suggest where this will all land up other than to say the final position “will not be as bad as we fear nor as good as we hope”.
However, we should not forget the importance of the bilateral trade relations between the UK and Ghana, with over  $3.3bn invested into Ghana by UK companies and £198 of goods and £174m of services exported from Ghana to the UK – the UK remains an important trading and investment partner with Ghana. In the event the UK exits the European Union, the importance of ensuring a seamless transition and maintenance of the duty free and quota free access to the UK markets cannot be stressed enough to ensure those companies exporting to the UK are not impacted beyond the potential risk of the sterling depreciating.
But it is not all negative as we look to the future, there are a number of exciting dynamics to consider. Not least is the recently ratified African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), this important agreement could result in a number of opportunities for our members through greater duty free access to other markets on the continent. Whilst it is acknowledged there are risks in opening up markets, companies should not be fearful of competition in a rules based market place, we just have to ensure the rules are enforced and your Chamber is here to flag up any breaches with the authorities as required!
To understand the scale of the potential of AfCTFA and intra-continental trade, the infographic above shows how far Africa is lagging in intra-continental trade when compared to other parts of the world.
But what does that mean for the bilateral trade between the UK and Ghana, in the event they depart from the EU with or without a deal? Some members have suggested to the Chamber, that they can see an expansion of Ghanaian exports of value-added coca products to the UK, expansion of production and export of preserved tuna, securing value for specific agricultural products and facilitating the development of intra-African supply chains resulting from increased Ghanian productions and export of value-added products to the UK. What opportunities do you see?

Hollard’s busy month of branch launches, donations and appointments.

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Hollard has been busy this month with the launch of a Tema branch, a donation to the Prison’s Officers Training School and Group level appointments.

Hollard Ghana Holdings Ltd unveiled the group’s two companies new branch in Tema called the “The Purple Avenue.” Speaking at the launch, Group CEO, Patience Akyianu pointed out that the company has been in Tema for the past 20 years, previously as Metropolitan Insurance and since 2015 as Hollard Insurance. She said the Group was opening the first insurance shopping arcade by relocating the Tema branch of Hollard Insurance and setting up a new branch for Hollard Life there. She added, “It is part of our strategy to deepen our footprint in Ghana and to bring our superior product for both the general and life insurance businesses under one roof for the convenience of its cherished customers.”

As part of its purpose to ‘’enable more people to achieve a better future, Hollard Life Assurance Ghana Limited donated one hundred (100) bags of cement to the Prisons Officers Training School. The donation which was done on 9th July 2019 followed a request for support from the training school for the construction of a Male Ablution Facility.  The facility when completed will accommodate two hundred and seventy (270) trainees; an indication of the importance of the project. Receiving the items, the Commandant of the School DDP. Samuel Adjei-Attah expressed his sincere appreciation.  He said Hollard Life was the first insurance company to have responded to their request in such a fantastic manner.

Finally, Hollard is signalling its seriousness to dominate the market with recent appointments. The company’s strategy to bolster its talent has seen it engage two heads at the group level; Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Cynthia Ofori-Dwumfuo, and Valerie Ackwerh, Group Head of Legal. Cynthia is responsible for formulating and driving the implementation of strategic marketing initiatives aimed at enhancing the Company’s brand, increase brand profitability and identify new market opportunities. On her part, Valerie is in-house counsel and will provide technical direction for the effective handling of all legal matters and guide Hollard Ghana in the implementation of statutory requirements of the Companies Act and other relevant laws within the Company. She will also provide company secretarial duties and governance services and act as the Compliance Officer.

Turn Around Time For Clearing Goods Has Reduced

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Representatives from the EU, member states and European chambers of commerce met with the commissioner for customs, Mr. Isaac Crentsil, together with the representative from the office of the vice president responsible for infrastructure development, Mrs. Khadija Amoah on 17th May 2019.  The UKGCC was represented by its Executive Director, Adjoba Kyiamah.

The Commissioner for customs emphasised the GRA’s determination to swiftly implement the reforms announced by the VP in April 2019, in particular, to lower rates of physical inspection of containers to 10% by July 2019 and fully implement the national Single window.

The Commissioner gave a status update as of May 2019, on paperless clearing system and was happy to report that the turn around time for clearing goods has reduced to a minimum of one day and a maximum of three days.

He added that they are in the process of creating the single window to resolve the issue of dealing with the many regulatory agencies at the port.  Also, the total number of regulatory agencies that importers have to deal with at the port are now only three.

He explained that shipped containers are grouped into three categories and labelled as follows:

  1. green – no inspection required;
  2. Yellow – to go through the scanner;
  3. Red – requires physical inspection and most likely flagged as high risk by one of the regulatory agencies.

According to the Commissioner, currently 40% of the container traffic is green; 30% is yellow; and the remaining 30% red. He also explained that the recently announced reduction on import duties are being applied on the assessed values of all imported products and not just benchmarked values.

He also provided a status update on the introduction of the Cargo Tracking Number (CTN) system, its benefits and its challenges.  He explained the importance of keeping the CTN and making it mandatory for all importers without exception.  He admitted that the system has brought mixed results in terms of compliance but increased revenue.

The Commissioner explained that the inspection reforms are being done with the support of the UK government.  They are also getting support from UK Border force on dealing with the problem of smuggling due to the porous nature of our borders, particularly on the Togo side.

In response to a question, the Commissioner explained that pre-shipment inspections are being done and will continue to be done on a case by case basis as has been the case for years now.

Regarding the status of Foreign Economic Agents operating at Ghana’s ports, Mrs. Amoah clarified that the 2015 Customs law would be amended and that the local content restrictions would apply only to new entrants.

Mrs. Amoah asked all to be patient till July when the new port terminal 3 will be in use and it will be a much better experience for importers.  As she explained, almost all of the challenges being faced by importers are infrastructure related and not related to the quality of the people employed at the Ports.

The meeting came to an end with the agreement that a tour will be arranged for the European business chambers and their members to tour the new terminal three to see what is happening there and see for themselves how port services have been improved.

 

Let’s change burden of proof in prosecution of corrupt offences— Kofi Abotsi

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A former Dean of the GIMPA Law School, Mr Ernest Kofi Abotsi, has advocated for changes in the burden of proof in the prosecution of corrupt offences.

In his view, accused persons must be presumed guilty until they prove their innocence.

He said the current practice in which persons accused of corrupt practices were presumed innocent, requiring the state to prove otherwise, undermined the effective prosecution of corrupt cases because the state might not be able to gather enough information against the accused.

Panel discussion

Mr Abotsi was contributing to a panel discussion on ways the country could fight corruption at a forum organised by the Private Sector Led Anti-Corruption Group (PSACG) in Accra last Tuesday.

The PSACG is a project initiated by the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce (UKGCC) and funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID’s) strengthening Action Against Corruption (STAAC) programme.

PSACG’s key mission is to aid engagement by the private sector with the government of Ghana through the Office of the Vice President, to tackle corruption because it negatively affects the cost of doing business and investment flows into Ghana.

Current practice

According to Mr Abotsi the current practice was a contributory factor to the many instances of the state having to discontinue cases on grounds of inadequate evidence against the accused.

He argued that the accused person “is the one who has the repository of information to prove otherwise,” and therefore, should be required to do so to spare the state the toil of gathering information “which may be concealed by the alleged perpetrators.”

“The one who is corrupt has all the information. The one who is alleging the corruption may have little information against the accused.

The Attorney General now has to put things together through the various state agencies to be able to make a case against the accused.

“For a country where we do not have enough lawyers and attorney general departments which are not even well resourced, it is easy for the accused to invest in the case and win even when they may be guilty,” he stated.

Other members

Other members of the panel were the Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative, Mrs Linda Ofori-Kwafo and the Technical Advisor to the Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Mr Henry Yentumi.

The rest are the Managing Partner of Addison Bright Sloane, a consultancy firm, Ms Victoria Bright and the Executive Director of Peverett Maxwell, a consultancy firm, Ms Leticia Adu-Ampoma.

In the discussion, all the panellists mentioned corruption as a major impediment to the growth of the private sector by discouraging a free and fair competition on the market and undermining investor confidence.

Mrs Ofori-Kwafo, for instance, expressed dissatisfaction at what she described as the over centredness of corruption on the public sector although “many cases of corruption in the public sector had private sector involvements.”

Ms Adu-Ampoma agreed with Mrs Ofori-Kwafo that there were gaps in the country’s anti-corruption laws but called for stringent enforcement of the current laws because “they are considerably enough to handle the problem.”

Assistance

For his part, Mr Yentumi called on the private sector to assist the public sector to develop systems that would make it easier for the public to access services in public institutions with ease.

According to him, the delays in seeking services in public institutions bred corruption and that, he added, could be resolved by the private sector because “they have the expertise in developing systems that can help shorten the processes involved.”

source: www.graphic.com.gh

Private Sector Anti-Corruption Group (PSACG) Presents Policy Paper on Corruption and Business In Ghana To H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President Of The Republic Of Ghana.

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The Private Sector Anti-Corruption Group (PSACG) on Friday, 5th April 2019 presented a policy report on corruption and business in Ghana to the Vice President H.E. Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia at the Jubilee house Accra. This is in recognition of his role as the Chairman of the Economic Management Team of Government.
The report highlighted the key challenges faced by local and multinational companies operating in Ghana, which predispose them to corruption, how the identified operational bottlenecks affect their businesses and proposed policy recommendations to tackle these challenges.
The findings were put together with primary data collected from a Safe Space forum, which provided a platform for over 30 CEOs of local and multinational businesses to share their experiences on how corruption adversely affects businesses in Ghana. Other sources included key informant interviews with officials from the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders, and the Chamber of Pharmacy Ghana.
PSACG acknowledged the Government of Ghana’s efforts to improve the business environment through the implementation of various reform initiatives including anti-corruption measures, public sector reforms, reduction of tax burden on businesses, efficient regulatory regime for businesses, and improvement in macro-economic conditions amongst others. However, to them, businesses continue to face significant challenges, which they believe emanated from a number of systemic and institutional hindrances resulting in the high cost of doing business in the country.
PSACG, therefore, took the initiative to contribute to government’s efforts by collating the voices of private sector actors on how corruption hurts their operations. The policy report has been distilled around key themes that reflect the major causes of corruption in doing business including inadequate information on processes and cost of services, multiple regulatory agencies with duplicating and overlapping functions among others.
To help address these challenges, PSACG has proposed practical recommendations and pledged its commitment and support to help the government deal with corruption. Among the key recommendations proposed are implementing a national digital web monitoring complaints system for reporting service ineptitude and corruption. In addition, PSACG proposes establishing 2 a clear governance structure at the ports to regulate inter-agency relations and simplify business
processes.
At the presentation of the policy report, the leader of the PSACG delegation, Mr Charles Zwennes said: “There is clear evidence in Ghana that historically, the fight against corruption has not been as effective as is required to achieve the desired effect. We must however applaud the renewed efforts made by the current government to reduce the incidence of the canker for the sake of improving efficiency and economic growth. We recognise however that it is critical
for these efforts to be sustained and intensified in order to improve economic growth and the general welfare of the nation at large since corruption is the social ill which affects private sector efforts at nation building. PSACG is committed to working closely with government in the efforts to see its eradication”.

The Vice President, H.E. Dr. Bawumia in receiving the policy document welcomed the report and mentioned that some of the recommendations were already being implemented by government through the digitization of processes and that the remainder will be considered seriously. He added that his office is willing to partner with PSACG to continue engaging on
eradicating bribery and corruption from the public sector to aid business efficiency. He said, “As policy makers we are concerned about improving the ease of doing business to improve productivity, efficiency and overall create more jobs. We have therefore put in the following measures to enhance the operations of businesses in the country:
• digitization of the Ports, DVLA, Passport Office, NHIS, Land registry, GRA filing, in which the private sector companies are being engaged
• improved financial inclusion through mobile interoperability with banks and mobile money services
The PSACG will also hold a stakeholder forum with private sector businesses to further discuss issues on enhancing the business environment.

About Private Sector Anti-Corruption Group (PSACG)

Private Sector Anti-Corruption Group (PSACG) established in 2018, is a project initiated by the UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce (UKGCC) and funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID)’s Strengthening Action Against Corruption (STAAC) program. PSACG’s key mission is to aid engagement with the Government of Ghana, through the Office of the Vice President, in tackling corruption that affects the cost of doing business and enhances investment flows into Ghana.

The UK Ghana Chamber of Commerce (UKGCC) with support from the heads of the chambers of commerce comprising Canada Ghana Chamber of Commerce (CGCC), European Business Organization (EBO), the Ghana Netherlands Business and Culture Council (GNBCC), and the American Chamber of Commerce, Ghana (AMCHAM) leads PSACG.

For more information about PSACG, contact:
UK-Ghana Chamber of Commerce
British High Commission, Accra
Tel: +233 (0) 302 213 214
Email: [email protected]

NB
The challenges and recommendations presented by PSACG are listed below:
Key themes that reflect the major causes of corruption
i. Inadequate information on processes and cost of services;
ii. Multiple regulatory agencies with duplicating and overlapping functions;
iii. Multiple taxes, fees and charges for duplicated services;
iv. Multiple law enforcement agencies performing varied regulatory functions at the ports;
v. Lack of or inadequate channels for reporting corruption; and
vi. Political party funding.
Recommendations by PSACG
(i) Providing regular updates on the publication of services, timelines for delivery, costs of
services on the websites and notice boards of service delivery agencies; as well as adopt
mobile apps and other digital applications for effective information dissemination in all
service delivery agencies,
(ii) Establish a clear governance structure at the ports to regulate inter-agency relations and
simplify business processes;
(iii) Expedite action on the recommendations of the Ports Fees/Charges Committee and
establish similar committees to review charges in other sectors;
(iv) Institute a national inter-sectoral and cross-sectoral review of agencies and their enabling
legislations to remove regulatory redundancies and functional overlaps that constrain
business growth;
(v) Ensure effective coordination of all security agencies operating at the ports, monitor
activities of security officials at the port on CCTV, and apply swift and hefty sanctions
for officers who are found engaging in corrupt activities;
(vi) Establish a national hotline for reporting corruption, clarify the appeal processes for the
resolution of corruption complaints, institute annual mandatory ethics training for all
public servants, get Parliament to pass the Code of Conduct for Public Officers’ Bill, and
mandate CHRAJ to prepare a separate annual report on corruption in administrative
agencies for the Presidency; and
(vii) Explore the feasibility of state funding for political parties including the option to
resource the Electoral Commission to conduct internal political party elections, as well
as revise campaign-financing rules to reduce cost of elections.

UK Ghana Chamber of Commerce welcomes the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to Ghana

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Chief Executive of the UK Ghana Chamber of Commerce (UKGCC), Tony Burkson has today
welcomed The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to Ghana.
Mr Burkson said: “It is a great honour for me, on behalf of the United Kingdom-Ghana
Chamber of Commerce, to welcome your Royal Highnesses’ The Prince of Wales and the
Duchess of Cornwall to Ghana and to wish you a truly memorable time during your visit.
Ghana and the UK have, for many years, shared a close relationship, and one which we are
very proud to celebrate with your Highnesses’ today.
You come to Ghana at an exciting stage in its history as it grows and develops and looks to play
a major part in a revitalised and reformed Commonwealth, which we know you are very keen
and proud supporter of.
We also know that enterprise, along with the environment and the support of young people, are
areas you are very passionate about. The UKGCC is also very passionate about supporting
enterprise and business initiatives between our two nations and, since our formation two years
ago, we have taken huge strides to promote the interests of UK companies operating in Ghana
and acting as a gateway for Ghanaian companies seeking growth opportunities.”
Their Royal Highnesses will arrive in Ghana on Friday November 2, as part of a historic tour of
three African countries. They will spend four days in Ghana (November 2-6) as part of the visit.