Government to Engage Opposers of New UNIPASS System

The Government of Ghana will in the coming days engage groups opposing the new UNIPASS System at various ports and feel it is a hindrance to the success of the Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA), Minister for Trade and Industry, Alan Kyerematen, has disclosed.

According to the minister, the engagement process will address the concerns raised by the groups and dissolute the tension between stakeholders at various ports over the implementation of the new port management system.

What is the UNIPASS system about?

The government last month introduced the new port management system known as UNIPASS. This system is an electronic clearance system that computerizes Customs procedures and provides for the automation of the clearance process as a solution to overcome increased volumes in trade and travelers.

It encompasses five subordinate systems namely: single window system, a clearance management system, a cargo management system, an information management system, and an administrative system.

How important is the UNIPASS System to AfCFTA?

The trade minister in an interview mentioned that the UNIPASS deal is important to the success of the AfCFTA since it will facilitate trade among African countries.

The computerized system of the UNIPASS will also curb the inconsistencies and the fraudulent activities at various ports in the country.

Meanwhile, the president of the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders (GIFF), Edward Akrong, says the government is not ready to fully carry out the new system since it has recorded only one transaction.