Contrary to the dust being raised by naysayers and their paymasters about the contract between Government on one hand and Ghana Link Network Service Limited with its overseas partners, CUPIA Korea Customs Service (UNIPASS) one the other hand, New Crusading GUIDE can say that due diligence was done before approval was given for the contract, which barring any unforeseen circumstances, would commence next month.
“Quick rebuttal. One, it is never true that the UNIPASS contract was signed on the blind side of Parliament, Cabinet or any of the institutions that had to ensure due diligence was done. The second is that this thing is not new. Barring any unforeseen circumstances the contract is taking off next month so people are jittery, and that is to be expected,” Mr Nick Danso, the Chief Executive of the wholly-own Ghanaian company told this paper when he granted us the rarest opportunity to interview him this week.
Recall that in February this year, Cabinet approved the implementation of the UNIPASS Trade Facilitation and Customs Management System.
This was after in March 2018, the government of Ghana through the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MOTI) signed a 10-year sole-sourced contract with Ghana Link Network Services Ltd for the “implementation of trade facilitation and customs management system” for Ghana.
Ghana Link Network Services Ltd. with its overseas partner, CUPIA Korea
Customs Service, would oversee the implementation of the UNIPASS Trade
Facilitation & Customs Management System.
The UNIPASS system is currently being used in several other countries including South Korea. It is well acknowledged by the WTO, WCO, WORLD BANK, amongst others; as one of the best customs systems in the world.
“People should know that and I mean UNIPASS is daring anyone who says he has evidence of any wrongdoing to bring it forward. That contract was not fraught with any untoward activity. Due diligence was done before the contract came into being,” another management member stated.