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Ghana moves down on ease of Doing Business Index

Posted on 2017-10-08 12:52:36

Ghana has moved four places down on the Trading Across Borders in the latest World Bank Ease of Doing Business Report, an indication that the country introduced less reforms across its trade borders.The Doing Business 2018 Report, titled “Reforming to Create Jobs”, released last week showed that Ghana placed 120th out of 190 countries surveyed in the overall ranking of Ease of Doing Business, a drop from 108 in the previous report.Also in the sub-Saharan Africa sub-region, Ghana was not part of the top 10, coming 11th out of the 47 countries ranked in the region. This is evidence that the government implemented less reforms in the period under review to ensure the ease of doing business in Ghana.The top 10 countries in the region are Mauritius, Rwanda, South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Seychelles, Zambia, Lesotho, Namibia and Malawi.

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DP World and Ghana’s President Talk Customs

Posted on 2017-10-04 10:17:32

DP World Group has met with the President of Ghana to discuss cooperation in customs technology, port operations, developing a freezone, rail transport and inland container depots to develop trade.A new customs agreement with Dubai company Customs World opens new areas for cooperation between the global port operator and the West African country.Customs World is a subsdiary of PCFC (Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation) - Trakhees, which provides services to Dubai World and its subsidiaries in Dubai, as well as other areas controlled by Dubai Customs.

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Posted on 2017-09-20 16:54:27

Customs World, a subsidiary of Ports Customs and Free Zones Corporation (PCFC) Dubai, has signedan agreement to take over West Blue Ghana Limited, the company engaged for the provision of them National Single Window and Risk Management System in Ghana.This agreement formalises the establishment of “Ports & Customs World Ghana Limited.”As part of the agreement, Customs World International is committed to investing significant resources including capital, world-class technologies and human expertise in Ghana as they have done in Dubai and other countries. The implementation of these new systems will be based on a robust risk engine that will improve efficiency in Ghana’s ports and customs operations thus,increasing revenue to the Government of Ghana and at the same time significantly reducing the cost of doing business in Ghana’s ports.

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Airports next in paperless transaction

Posted on 2017-08-27 02:05:09

The government’s commitment to replacing paper and human-based transactions and controls at the seaports with paperless processes will be extended to the airports in the coming years.
The paperless transaction at the airport, known as the air cargo trade facilitation system, seeks to eliminate human intervention and introduce the electronic-based valuation and documentation processes at the airportPlayers contributing to the air cargo trade facilitation system have pledged their support to ensure the government’s paperless transaction comes into fruition on the September 4 deadline since the planned September 1 was a holiday.This move entails sensitising shippers and creating awareness while paying attention to the challenges that affect businesses in the airport space.The players include Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL), Ghana Revenue Authority, Customs Division (GRA), Ghana Shippers Authority (GSA) and Ghana Union of Tr

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There have been calls by many players in the industry for the two agencies to endeavour to integrate their systems if the execution of the paperless regime is to be successful; however, the posture of the two had suggested a turf war.The Head of Product Development at GCNet, Mr Carl Sackey, told the Daily Graphic on the sidelines of a meeting with journalists organised by the Office of the Vice-President on the paperless reforms that hitherto, their system had to process the declarations; however, with the new initiative, the submission of the manifest though West Blue would enable that entity to begin the Pre-Arrival Assessment Reporting System (PAARS) early.

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Westblue is an IT solutions company. We started up back in 2012. We specialise in the African region looking at African solutions with a benchmark to global standards. We have a core expertise in trade facilitation. In terms of our history, since 2012 we have been providing these solutions in the region.

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West Blue trains stakeholders on paperless port

Posted on 2017-08-16 21:42:33

In line with the government’s directive to remove customs barriers within the country and ensure a paperless port by September 1, 2017, West Blue Consulting has successfully organized a two-day workshop for stakeholders in the import and export sector.The workshop which was organized in collaboration with the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) was to prepare participants for the upcoming pilot run of the Paperless Trade in Ghana, encourage discussions and sharing of perspectives.The participants took part in practical information sessions and discussions, and tried their hands on the identified systems.The stakeholders who took part in the training were, Ghana Export Promotion Authority, Ghana National Chamber of Commerce, Food and Drug Authority,

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The goal of the Ghana National Single Window (GNSW) platform is to provide an interface to existing customs management systems and not to replace, as many people envisage, officials of West Blue Consulting have said.According to the General Manager of the company, Mr Aminu Uthman, the project being spearheaded by West Blue was to provide a single platform which would serve as an interface for existing systems as part of efforts aimed at reducing paper-based processes and further eliminate the duplication of date and multiple submission of documents for port clearance processes.
Mr Aminu, speaking at the just-ended seminar on Single Windows (SWs) and Port Community Systems (PCS) in Cotonou in Benin, indicated that while Ghana did not have a single window presently, the processes for the deployment of the project were progressing steadily.

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West Blue Consulting, a world class business and IT-consulting and technology firm has received two prestigious awards at Ghana Shippers Awards in recognition of the company’s achievement in the shipping industry.The awards are-“Excellence In Innovation and Technology” and “Anas Aremeyaw Anas Transparency”, named after Ghana’s ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.The “Anas Aremeyaw Anas Transparency” was presented personally by Anas Aremeyaw Anas to officials of West Blue Consulting at the just-ended Ghana Shippers Awards 2017 which was organised by the Globe Productions in partnership with the Ghana Shippers’ Authority in Accra.The company received the two coveted plaques for championing innovations and transparency at the country’s ports.

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West Blue Consulting, the technical partners of the Ghana National Single Window (GNSW) project is working feverishly to accelerate cross border trade among Ghana and its trading partners.To this end, the company is ready to roll out an eManifest platform  next month, as part of the implementation of the GNSW project to enable customs officials of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to access advance information on all cargo arriving in the country by air in real time. This is a departure from the existing practice in which customs officials have to shuttle from one airline operator to the other in search of such information. 

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