From James Sherifdeen, Ksi
A –one day stakeholder workshop on the National Single Window Platform, which will provide one entrance for the submission & handling of all data export trade within the economy, has been held in Kumasi last Tuesday.
The workshop which was organized by the Ghana Shippers’ Authority & West Blue Consult, brought together officials from the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), HFC bank, exporters & Importers & other stakeholders.
In a presentation, Mr. Adedako Adebayo, Laison Manager of West Blue Consult disclosed that, single Window Environment was a cross border intelligent facility that allows parties involved in trade & transport to lodge standardized information, mainly electronic with a single entry point to fulfill all import, export & transit related regulatory requirements.
Mr. Adebayo, disclosed that the vision of Single Window Platform was to reduce cost and time of doing business and to achieve this, they need to understand the need for data modernization and coordination.
He added that, its objective is to provide a national single window to establish a blue print and road map as well as improve national trade cooperation of which Ghana is currently ranked 171 out of 189 countries.
“It is 50 percent better, faster and less cost” he stressed, and said, it will provide implementation support activities of GRA and its related agencies.
He said, the single window platform was being driven by a steering Committee, Technical and working group members.
The branch Manager of Ghana Shippers’ Authority, Mr. Emmanuel Kwarteng disclosed that, the Ghana single window was launched in 2002 and has been progressively updated and extended in time with international best practices.
According to him, the platform reduces the need for data to be entered multiple. times while it can also be exchanged and re-used electronically, achieving faster, more accurate results and improving the ease of compliance with Government of Ghana requirements.
He announced that, the Authority has put in place a number of systems to help build capacity and give real time support to shippers across the ports and borders of Ghana.
As the lead Local Agency for the single window development in Ghana, Mr. Kwarteng appealed to all stakeholders to embrace & support the system which is aimed at further deepening the efforts at tackling issues of reduction in cost of doing business as a result of simplified procedures.
In an address, Mr. Joseph Amoah, Managing Director of Love Enterprise who chaired the workshop said, they were glad to have significant stakeholders together and the gathering would bring better understanding of National Single Window Platform.
He noted that, understanding of it does not only reduce cost, it also provides speed delivery and foster trade tremendously.