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Sensitisation of shippers and businesses on AfCFTA critical – AGI 

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Sensitisation of shippers and businesses on AfCFTA critical-AGI 

The Volta and Eastern Regional Chairman of the Association of Ghana Industries (AGI), Mr. Dela Gadzanku has underscored the need for shippers and businesses to be sensitised on the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement.

This, he said, would help them to make informed business decisions in order to take advantage of the full potential of the agreement for the economic transformation of Ghana and Africa as a whole.

Mr. Gadzanku made the call on 28th October 2020 when a team from the  Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) called on his office in Ho to discuss shipment and business-related needs of members of the AGI.

He said the AGI was doing its part to build the capacity of its members in business advisory support, partnering with the Ghana Standards Authority to offer training programmes on standardisation and certification of products, the establishment of an e-platform for members to sell their products, among others.

The Tema Branch Manager of the GSA and leader of the delegation, Mrs. Monica Josiah reiterated the significance of the AfCFTA to the growth of local businesses stressing on the role of shipping and logistics in the successful implementation of the agreement.

The GSA, she said, had started sensitisation programmes for shippers across the country on the benefits of the AfCFTA and what businesses need to do to take full advantage of its implementation.

Mrs. Josiah stressed the need for the GSA and AGI to work together to address concerns of shippers in Ghana. She appealed to members of the AGI  to promptly report their shipment challenges to the GSA for early redress.

In a related development at the 60th Volta Regional Shipper Committee meeting (VRSC), the Tema Branch Manager updated members of the Ho Committee of the VRSC on current happenings in the industry.

She touched on progress of work on the Tema-Akosombo Railway project and status of the Boankra Integrated  Logistics Terminal and the potential both projects portend for the growth of the shipping and logistics industry. She also sensitised the Committee members on the benefits of insuring their imports with local insurance companies.

Sensitisation of shippers and businesses on AfCFTA critical-AGI 

Sensitisation of shippers and businesses on AfCFTA critical-AGI

The visit to the Volta Region forms part of the GSA’s shipper visitation and outreach programme. The outreach programmes have been an avenue for identifying new shippers and having a one-on-one engagement with them to highlight the services of the Authority and also address any peculiar challenges they may have.

 

Jeorge Wilson Kingson is the Managing Editor of ArtCraft Media Consult (Publishers of GhanaNewsOnline.com.gh and BusinessweekGhana.com), and a consulting Editor for The Corporate Guardian Magazine. He is the Chairman of the Media Alliance in Tobacco Control and Health (MATCOH). He is also the National Coordinator for the International Standards Journalism Association (ISJA) and the National Online Newsportals Coordinator for the Private Newspaper and Online Newsportals Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG). He is a senior member of Ghana's Parliamentary Press Corps. He is the ACS Global Cancer Ambassador for Ghana and a Peace Advocate

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