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CUSTOMS WORLD TAKES OVER WEST BLUE GHANA LIMITED

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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After three days of invigorating discussions on the latest trends and the emerging developments in the world of border and IT supply chain management, the 2017 WTO IT Conference & Exhibition was concluded on 9 June. The announcement by Secretary General Mikuriya that the WCO has decided to make the source code of the WCO Customs Targeting System (CTS) publicly available and that it will be placed on an open source before the end of 2017 was very well received by the participants of the conference and extensively relayed through social media.Over 550 delegates from more than 80 countries gathered in Tbilisi, Georgia, to attend one of WCO’s prime events, co-hosted by Georgia Revenue Service and the Ministry of Finance of Georgia. The Conference was supported by more than 40 sponsors and exhibitors, including Smiths Detection as the corporate sponsor, while the agenda included 73 speakers who spoke under 8 keynotes,

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Chief Executive Officer of WestBlue Consulting, technical partners of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, Ms. Valentina Mintah is confident Ghana will meet the timelines for going paperless. Vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia at the recently held port efficiency conference at the instance of his office indicated the quest of government to see a 100 percent migration to paperless transactions in the ports of Ghana by September 2017.This he believes will ensure the elimination of corrupt practices and also inject some amount of efficiency in the clearance process and port operations in general.

 

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