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The Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and its IT partner-West Blue Consulting have commissioned two electronic zone facilities at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA), and Tema port.The e-zone facilities which were set up as part of the Ghana National Single Window (GNSW) project will provide 24/7 customer services to exporters and importers in the country.

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Trade Development Expert Cautions Ghana

Posted on 2016-09-27 12:01:46

An expert in global trade development and facilitation from Switzerland, Tom Butterly has called on policymakers in Ghana to pay keen attention to trade facilitation to enhance administrative efficiency and attract investments.He said trade facilitation could reduce costs and time of transacting business across borders and increase predictability.

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United nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in collaboration with the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) would organize a five-day training workshop in Accra for Trade Facilitation stakeholders.The workshop, sponsored by West Blue Consulting under the Ghana National Single Window (GNSW) Programme, would take place from Monday September 19-23, 2016.

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GRA Attends Single Window Summit in Morocco

Posted on 2016-09-15 17:54:00

Officers from the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), with its technical partner, West Blue Consulting attended the 5th edition of the International Single Window Conference in Morocco.The conference which was under the themeVirtual Single Window for foreign trade: The requirement for an inclusive cooperation’, took place between the 5th and 7th September, this year.

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Adopt uniformity in Single Window Systems

Posted on 2016-09-15 10:28:54

The Chief Executive Officer of the West Blue Consulting, Madam Valentina Mintah, has advised members of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that are implementing the single window systems to abide by international standards to enable them to operate effectively and efficiently in the sub-region.

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A-two day African Ports Evolution, West Africa edition forum, has opened in Accra with the call for regulation and competitiveness to control the industry.

The forum was designed to provide West African government, terminal operators, port authorities and service providers up to date information on port expansion and development plans in West Africa.

It was also to provide critical insight into doing business in the region’s ports as well as highlighting the opportunities from in the oil and gas sectors.

Mr Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Nigerian Transport Minister speaking at the opening ceremony said technology is critical in the maritime industry to facilitate information sharing among stakeholders.

He called on various port authorities to introduce competitiveness in the industry to enhance effective trade facilitation.

The Nigerian Minister said the west African sub-region needed integration through connectivity of ports to

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IDF and the National Single Window Concept

Posted on 2016-09-07 11:41:39

The Government of Ghana, in 2011, introduced an electronic Import Declaration form to streamline import management process and facilitate the speedy clearance of goods through customs, while improving record keeping.The National Single Window concept developed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in 2005 is an effort to harmonize and standardize international trade procedures and associated information flow between traders and government.

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The partnership with Guaranty Trust Bank (Ghana) Limited is aimed at offering clearing agents and importers additional convenient channels for the payments of fees for IDFs.WestBlue Consulting is the IT Consulting and Technology firm contracted by the Government of Ghana to implement the National Single Window Platform.

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GRA introduces E-Zone facility at ports

Posted on 2016-08-18 12:19:18

Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), as part of the Ghana National Single Window Project, has established electronic payment zones at some major ports in the country.This is expected to facilitate payment of port charges and other services by exporters to the Authority. Exporters in the past have had to endure several bottlenecks in transacting business with the GRA and the proposed arrangement will make it more flexible for shippers and other stakeholders.

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Single Window gets high UN ratings

Posted on 2016-08-12 15:26:25

The rating, which was contained in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) case study report, highlighted the efficiency in reducing the human interface in trade transactions and allowing the processes to be automated.The report commended the technical partners for the project, West Blue Consulting for reforms in reducing the pressure on the government to ensure efficient, fast and reliable clearance procedures. 

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