GUTA E-Zone office inaugurated | Ghana News Agency (GNA)

By Hafsa
Obeng, GNA

Accra, Aug. 3, GNA – The Ghana Union of
Traders Association, in partnership with West Blue Consult on Thursday
inaugurated an E-Zone office to pave the way for traders to have unlimited
access to trade information.

The office space would serve as a place where
traders can walk in at any time to make use of the innovative technology which
would shape and align them with the ease of doing business.

Dr Barima Nana Kweku Ofori, GUTA President,
said the launch of the E-Zone office is a way of facilitating the clearance
procedures at the ports as well as providing first-hand information on trade
transactions to traders.

He said the new era of innovative technology
and globalization, has not only shaped how they do business positively but has
also made the process of trade very easy.

Dr Ofori said the Ghana National Single Window
has shown to the trading community that government has attached so much
significance to the clearance system in the country, and once this is achieved,
the one stop shop idea for clearing imports would also come into the picture.

He said the E-Zone would also provide easy
access to information at all levels of imports and urged traders in and around
the world to support the system, make good use of it, so that all problems with
delay in imports would be resolved within the shortest possible time.

Dr Ofori said efforts are being made to
replicate the same facility at Abbosy Okai and Kumasi, and later in all
regional capitals.

Mr Aweya Julius Kantum, Head Customs Technical
Service Bureau, said E-Zones serve as entry points in trade facilitation, and
accessibility and quality of information are very important in trade

He said with the inauguration of the E-Zone
center, traders who have enquiries would no longer go to the Customs
Headquarters, but now to the facility at any time to have their concerns

Mr Kantum said when people have access to
information, they know what is at stake and what is expected of them and his
outfit is always ready to provide good quality information to its partners.

With the E-Zone center, all information would
be uploaded unto the system, clearance would be faster, all bottlenecks in the
system are removed and cost of doing business is reduced”, he said.

Mr Kantum said trade facilitation is also
about compliance and expressed the hope that the office would go a long way to
benefit the trade community in the country.

He urged traders to make good use of the
facility, go there to access information on import transactions, and always
insist on their rights any time they have difficulty access basic information.

“The facility I can concur will make your
members have unlimited access to get quick responses to their general enquiry
and also have their technical problems solved immediately.”

Mr Abel Daitey, Projects Manager, West Blue
Consultants, expressed delight in partnering with GUTA to come out with this
facility in their own environment to assist members in doing great business.

He said “this facility has been created at
your own convenience and your own trade member has been trained to manage it at
your convenience so make the best out of it.”

“Change has come, and has come into the way we
do business so we must adapt to the new system. Use the facility to lift the
veil, as access to credible information would make traders more powerful in
this new era,” Mr Daitey added.


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