As part of measures to flush out foreigners in petty trading in the country in accordance with Act 865 of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC), the Ministry of Trade and Industry, has set up a fifteen-member Inter -Agency Taskforce to deal with the situation.
The inter-agency National Taskforce on Foreigners in retail business is made up of the Ghana Police Service, Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) and operatives of the National Security.
The rest are, officials of the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) Customs division, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) Domestic revenue division, Ghana Immigration Service(GIS), Registrar
General’s Department and Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC).
Inaugurating the taskforce in Accra, the outgoing Minister of Trade and Industry and Member of Parliament (MP) for Tamale Constituency in the Northern Region, Alhaji Haruna Iddrisu, reminded the members of the taskforce to device non- violent means in dealing with the foreigners caught in the petty trading in the various markets.
He called on the members to be civil in dealing with the foreigners engaged in the petty trade activities.
The Minister, pledged to uphold the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act 865 2013, that bar foreigners from engaging in petty trading activities in the country
The Minister said, the GIPC law on investment and trading respects the right of traders and does not allow unfettered access to retail business.
According to him, sale of goods in any market is an exclusive preserve of Ghanaians.
He mentioned these trading activities as, taxi business, operation barbering and dressing salons as the preserve of Ghanaians.
He said, even though the country respects the charter of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) that allows free movements of goods and services, the GIPC Act mandates Government to prevent foreigners from engaging in petty trading as reported by GUTA members in Greater Accra and Ashanti Regions that some foreign nationals are engage in trade activities meant for Ghanaians.
He said, the taskforce has the mandated to seize and destroy products of foreigners engage in petty trading.