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Social media platform, Facebook has opened its first African technology hub in Nigeria.Located at Mongomery, Yaba, a suburb of Lagos, it is named NG_Hub. The hub, which is equipped with modern technologies, also boasts of several work spaces.In the likes of the CCHUBs, NG_Hub, The Guardian, gathered that it was established to further deepen advance technology, including Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, Machine Learning, Internet of Things, among others in the country.At the unveiling, Facebook also disclosed that it planned to empower about 50,000 young Nigerians with digital training, which had started.

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As part of his familiarization tour, the acting Director-General of GPHA, Michael Luguje paid a courtesy call on the management and workers of Westblue consulting, who are the technical support providers for Customs division of GRA.The C.E.O of Westblue consulting, Mark Addo congratulated the Acting D.G. and assured him that West Blue will continue to partner the Port to offer the best of services to Port users.

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The implementation of the National Single Window and Paperless Port System at the country’s sea ports is gradually yielding results to the admiration of importers and stakeholders.Analysis of the Monthly Import Performance of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) between 2015 and mid-year 2018, has revealed that the amount of revenue realised from imports has been increasing year-on-year.The growth in revenue realised from imports over the period can largely be attributed to the strengthening of the Single Window System at the country’s ports in September 2015, when WestBlue Consulting was brought on-board to compliment the efforts of GCNet, and the recent implementation of the Paperless Port System at the country’s sea ports, spearheaded by the Vice President, Dr. MahamuduBawumia.

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The recent review of the paperless port reforms, that has seen the reduction of the number of agencies undertaking joint inspections at the ports from 16 to three (3), is expected to lead to a 30 percent growth in government revenue from the ports by the end of the year.The abolishing of the compliance stage of the clearance process— whose function has been taken over by the Customs Technical Services Bureau (CTSB)–also portends a much more perfected process that is able to rake in more revenue for central government.Generally, revenue has underperformed, given the rafts of taxes abolished in the 2017 budget. The 11 tax measures announced has denied government of about a billion cedis in revenue. However, the paperless port reforms remains a bright spot in the generation of revenue.

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Then enter West Blue Consulting in 2015, taking over the functions of the destination inspection companies which issued valuation reports on behalf of customs.
Ghana National Single Window (GNSW) programme was officially launched on December 1, 2015.Customs, therefore, took over their core mandate of Classification, Valuation and Risk Management with West Blue Consulting as the Consulting and Technical Partner for the Division; and this ushered in the second phase of the GNSW.

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Single Window showcased on world stage

Posted on 2018-06-14 10:11:02

Ghana was among over 75 countries which took part in this year’s World Customs OrganiSation (WCO) Information Technology Conference and Exhibition held in Lima, Peru.The conference, which had over 500 participants, gave Ghana the opportunity to showcase to the world how the country is implementing its National Single Window at its ports.The 3-day event, which was held from June 6 to 8, 2018, brought together Customs of the World – including representatives of private sector and international organisations – to find lasting solutions using new

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IMF lauds Ghana’s economic performance

Posted on 2018-05-24 12:40:32

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lauded the government for pursuing an economic trajectory that is yielding positive results to restore the economy on a sound footing but added that a lot more work needs to be done to achieve full fiscal consolidation.For the country to achieve its target of sound microeconomic stability, the fund urged the government to ensure a sound financial sector, prioritise investments and reduce the debt stock to sustainable levels to restore absolute confidence in the economy.

 

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West Blue Consulting, a world class business and IT-consulting and technology firm has been awarded the “Most Innovative IT Consulting and Technology Firm” at the prestigious 2018 West Africa Business Excellence Awards (WABEA) held in Accra last Saturday.The award presented to officials of the company by the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, H. E Femi Michael Abikoye seeks to to recognise company’s outstanding achievement, vision, innovation and growth in the trade facilitation and customs modernisation in Ghana, Nigeria and West Africa at large.

 

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As part of efforts to transform Ghana’s ports and make it number one in Africa, a high-level delegation from various stakeholders have paid a working visit to DP World in Dubai, the company which recently took over West Blue Consulting to undertake the Single Window project in Ghana.The visit was to observe how Dubai’s single window system operates and share ideas on how to improve trade facilitation in Ghana.

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Ghana’s latest ranking on the World Bank’s ease of doing business report is an indication that the managers of the country’s economy are still on a honeymoon.According to the 2018 report, Ghana ranked 120th position, dropping from the 108th position last year.The ease of doing business index ranks economies from one to 190. For each economy, the ranking is calculated as the simple average of the percentile rankings on each of the 10 topics included in the index in Doing Business 2017.The topics were: starting a business, dealing with construction permits, getting electricity, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, trading across borders, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvency.

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