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Ghana Presents “Instrument Of Accession” At The World Customs Organisation (WCO) Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium

The Ghana Revenue Authority – Customs Division has been certified and recognized as the 119th – Customs Administration in the World, committed to implementing international best practices with regards to customs procedures.

2. In a ceremony that occurred on Saturday 29th June 2019 during the 133rd /134th Session Meeting of the Customs Corporation Council (World Customs Organisation WCO) held at the WCO Headquarters in Brussels – Belgium between 27th - 29 June 2019.

3. A 3 member delegation from Ghana led by Col. Kwadwo Damoah, Commissioner of GRA- Customs Division, assisted by an official of the Ghana Mission in Belgium submitted the “Instrument of Accession” to the International Convention on the Simplification and Harmonisation of Customs procedures (as amended) by the Revised Kyoto Convention (RKC) to the Customs Cooperation Council, the highest decision making Body that regulates all customs matters in the world.

4. Some of the benefits Ghana seeks to gain from the implementation of the provision in the convention include but not limited to:
- Elimination of all bureaucratic bottlenecks and practices in customs procedures to enhance free flow of cargo and persons across our boarders to facilitate international legitimate trade;
- Faster clearance of cargo and persons across our boarders;
- Reduction in cost of doing business at our ports;
- Increase in volumes of imported cargo due to faster vessel turn around;
- Increase in revenue following increase in volumes of imported cargo;
- Make Ghana more competitive in attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI);
- Contribute to overall government initiatives towards growth and development in Ghana.

LIST OF DELEGATES IN PICTURE FROM LEFT TO RIGHT 1. Mrs. Nana Brago Owusu-Ansah- Chief Revenue Officer, Head of International Affairs, GRA,
2. Col. Kwadwo Damoah - Commissioner GRA- Customs Division,
3. Mr. Kunio Mikuriya - Secretary-General, World Customs Organisation (WCO),
4. Mr. Paul Yaw Nkrumah-Ababio - Chief Revenue Officer, Technical Services, GRA- Tema,
5. Ms. Sheila T. Kangberee - Minister Counsellor/ Trade, Ghana Embassy.

Today Ghana became the 119th out of 183 organisation to ratify.

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