Valentina Minta receiving the WCO Award
The World Customs Organization (WCO) has awarded West Blue Consulting for rendering exceptional service to the international community.
The company was awarded through the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority on the occasion of the International Customs Day, which was also celebrated in Ghana last Thursday at the World Trade Center, Accra.
This is the second time West Blue Consulting has received an award from the WCO.
The company first received the WCO award in Nigeria in 2015 in recognition of its offer of exceptional service to the international community.
Single Window Achievement
West Blue Consulting, in partnership with the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority, launched the Ghana National Single Window (GNSW) project.
Under the project, import clearance transactions at the Tema Port and the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) have reduced from two weeks to two hours to increase government’s revenue at the ports.
Ghana’s ranking has increased in the World Bank Trading Across Border Reports from 167 in 2015 to 154 in 2017; and in the Sub-Saharan Africa Sub-region, Ghana ranked first in West Africa and Top 10 in Sub Saharan Africa, coming in at the 9th position out of the 47 countries ranked in the region.
The country also made tremendous improvements in the Global Logistics Performance Index (LPI) ranking, rising 12 places from 100th in 2014 to 88th in 2016 out of 160 countries.
Valentina Minta, Chief Executive of West Blue Consulting said, “We are proud to be a recipient of the award in Ghana.”
She said the company looks forward to doing more and would continue to work with the government and stakeholders to ensure the nation enjoys the full benefits of a facilitated trade environment to make business convenient in Ghana.
By Cephas Larbi