Businesses Call Off Strike

Private sector operators in the Greater Accra region have called off the strike action, which was slated for today, 4 th March 2015 after a meeting with the Ministries of Trade and Industry and Transport.

The intended strike was to protest against the proposed implementation of the Ghana Conformity Assessment Programme (G-CAP) and the Advance Shipment Information System (ASHI), as well as unfavourable business environment in the country.

George Kweku-Ofori, Head of the Joint Private Sector Consultative Business Forum, in an interview with BUSINESS GUIDE , said the strike was cancelled after a successful meeting with the Ministries of Trade and Industry and Transport to stop the implementation of the G-CAP and ASHI.

‘Now that the G-CAP and ASHI have been suspended, there is no need for us to go ahead with the strike action.

‘But we wish to state that we remain resolute on our demands for the appropriate authorities to ensure the total cancellation of the G-CAP, ASHI and also improve the current business environment,’ he said.

Ministry Begs Businesses
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Trade and Industry has appealed to the business community to be patient with government, which intends to institute measures to address their problems.

A statement by the Deputy Communications Manager, Nasir Ahmad Yartey, said the Ministry had recognized some of the grievances of the businesses community.

It said the Ministry was taking steps to decongest the harbour, reduce the number of operators and interest rates and promote made-in-Ghana goods to boost employment.

It said the implementation of the G-CAP has also been suspended to pave the way for broad stakeholder consultation.

The Ministry added that President John Mahama has outlined plans to fix the energy crisis and increase Ghana’s generation capacity by over 3,000 megawatts.

We appeal to various commercial and industry groups to use all available channels to negotiate with relevant government agencies rather than take actions that will reduce Ghana’s GDP growth, cause unemployment, dislocate various business and industry value chains and worsen Ghana’s economic prospects,’ the statement said.

By Cephas Larbi
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