COVID-19: Ghana Embassy to Link Traders to Chinese Chamber of Commerce for Imports
Ghana’s Ambassador to China, Edward Boateng, says traders who wish to import from China should communicate with the Embassy to connect them to the Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
Due to the outbreak of the virus in China, Ghanaian traders cannot travel to China for trade activities.
Earlier this month, the Ghana Union of Traders Association warned of a possible shortage of goods and inflation of prices as the outbreak of the Coronavirus tumbles stocks and disrupts global markets.
Speaking in an interview, Mr. Boateng indicated that the practice of Embassies acting as a liaison between traders and China has been the most effective process for all trading partners since the outbreak of COVID-19.
“What we are trying to do is to mitigate the shortages in Ghana by acting as a conduit for some of our traders. We are working with some of the Chamber of Commerce in some of the various provinces. So if people want to order, they don’t have to come to China,” he said.
According to him, this is much easier if importers have their own suppliers they deal with in China.
“If you have your own supply chain in the process already, you can contact the Embassy; we will work with the local chamber of commerce to ensure that they can pay on your behalf once you pay them the money and make sure that you get the quality of goods that you want” he assured.
What could be the disadvantage in this process?
Mr. Boateng warned that this process could lead to a delay in getting goods since production in China has dropped due to the spread of the coronavirus.
“Many countries are also doing the same; so we must understand that if you order for goods it may take some time” he added.