Business News of Tuesday, 14 May 2019
The Good Governance Advocacy Group Ghana (GGAGG) has described as “fraudulent, robbery, defrauding by false pretenses, stealing and causing of financial loss to the state” the decision by Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to implement Cargo Tracking Notes (CTN) system at the country’s seaports.
The Customs Excise and Preventive Service of GRA last year decided to implement the CTN system which is used globally after realizing that some importers provide inadequate information on their goods making it difficult for the Customs division to correctly verify the goods that are brought in, the volumes, weight, among others.
By adopting the CTN system into Ghana, Customs said it was seeking to modernize its operations to facilitate the movement of legitimate trade in line with international best practices.
Under the new system, exporters the world over, shipping cargo to Ghana will be expected to provide detailed and timely information about their shipment in advance on the global online platform.
But GGAGG says an inquiry it conducted revealed that “the President and his office have been misled by some highly dishonest persons who are appointees of the President and some private persons, whom we have petitioned CHRAJ and accused them of perpetrating illegalities.”
Although the group says it has petitioned the Office of the President in that regard, the response, the group says, has not been favorable.
Presenting the findings of the group to the media, Listowell Nana Kusi-Poku, Executive Director of GGAGG said: “…We have petitioned [Nana Akufo-Addo] over this matter since December 22, 2018 but has not responded as at now… Even though he replied to acknowledge receipt, the response has delayed much longer than we expected.
“We do so because H. E’s decision to have allowed the implementation of an illegal scam without seeking a technical detailed advice has caused financial loss and continues to cause financial loss to the state of Ghana.”
Below is the full statement