By Our Reporter
West Blue Consulting, technical partners of the Ghana National Single Window (GNSW) project says the Vice President's policy for paperless at ports by September 1, 2017 is achievable.
According to Chief Executive of West Blue Consulting, Ms. Valentina Mintah, there were good systems in place to achieve paperless at ports by September 1, 2017.
She however called for the need for all the systems at the ports to be integrated.
Ms. Mintah made this known when the parliamentary select committee on finance paid a working visit to West Blue Consulting office, technical partners of the Ghana National Single Window (GNSW) project, last week.
The Vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia recently announced Ghana is going 100 per cent paperless at the ports from September 1, 2017.
The announcement he said, was to bring about efficiency, and make Ghana’s ports very competitive in the sub region.
Ms. Mintah said “The good news is that GHAPOHA, GCNet, West Blue all have excellent system in place as well as customs. We just have to see how we integrate which is very possible”. We must all work together and respect the data to achieve a paperless transaction at the port”.
She said “We already have the e-payment platform in place where everybody is sharing. We have the registration for a number of key agencies, GSA, FDA to ensure that we have that shared as well.
“The next thing that we need is the declaration and the post clearance all coming in. And we must work together to make this happen. We all need to identify our documents, the procedures and see how we share the existing systems and integrate”.
Ms. Mintah said trade efficiency is a key determinant of investment decisions by international businesses and the positioning of Ghana as a trade efficient and trade friendly country will greatly enhance its attractiveness to such investors.
West Blue, GCNet Must Integrate
Members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Finance called for the integration of West Blue Consulting and Ghana Community Network (GCNet) systems to achieve paperless at ports.
According to them, integrating their systems would enable them maximize revenue for the government and reduce the time and cost of transaction at the ports.
The Chairman of the Committee, Dr. Mark Assibey-Yeboah said “Both GCNet and West Blue are complementary. What I want to see is for them to be working together, integrating their networks and operations for the benefits of the country”.
Committee Praises West Blue
“We have learnt about their operations. I think they are doing something good but I want to see their system integrate with that of GCNet to achieve the paperless at ports.
“Once revenues are increasing we are fine”, Dr Assibey-Yeboah who is also the MP for New Juaben South in the Eastern Region said.
The Minister of Monitoring and Evaluation, Dr. Anthony Akoto Osei, assured that the committee would be objective and do what is best for the country, reiterating the need for West Blue and GCNet to integrate to achieve a paperless at ports.
Single Window Achievements
Presenting an update and achievements of the GNSW, the Chief Executive Officer of West Blue Consulting, Madam Valentina Mintah said the implementation of the Single Window has led to 28.7 percent improvement in GRA-Customs revenue in 2016.
“Since the introduction of the GNSW’s PAARS last year, traders are able to access Customs Classification and Valuation Report (CCVR) within 48 hours. In some cases; within an hour. That is substantial improvement from the previous situation whereby it used to take traders more than a week or two weeks just to get their CCVR”, Ms Mintah said.
She said the system has brought some efficiency at the ports, reduced time and cost of doing business and as well minimized corruption in the port.