West Blue team (left) receiving the Award
West Blue Consulting has won the overall best Technology and Innovations Award at this year’s edition of the Ghana Maritime and Shippers Award.
West Blue grabbed the award for the numerous brilliant technology and trade facilitation innovations the IT-consulting company has initiated since it started operations in Ghana
Valentina Minta, Chief Executive of West Blue Consulting, expressed appreciation to the organisers for recognising their work with the award, stating, “We are proud to be a recipient of the award in Ghana.”
She dedicated the award to all who dare to dream and to the staff of West Blue for their dedication and hard work.
Ms Minta also expressed appreciation to the government of Ghana for supporting a Ghanaian-owned company.
She gave an assurance that the company 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.
The maiden edition of the Ghana Maritime & Shipping Awards was organised by Ninetyeightz Events, which is the brain behind the widely acclaimed National Aviation Awards held last year.
The award identifies and publicly recognises outstanding performers, as well as contributors to the country’s maritime industry, at the institutional, enterprise and individual levels.
The ceremony was held at the La Beach Hotel in Accra over the weekend and the award adds to the several awards that West Blue has received, both locally and internationally, since it started operations in Ghana.
West Blue was recently awarded by the World Customs Organisation (WCO) through the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority for rendering 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 GNSW project last year.
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 African region, Ghana ranked first in West Africa and Top 10 in sub-Saharan Africa, coming in at the ninth 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