The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) says it has temporarily put on hold an intended demonstration which was slated for Monday, September 3.
The demonstration was to protest against the implementation of the Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) system introduced by the Ghana Revenue Authority at the country’s ports which government says will help improve processes involived in clearing goods at the ports. But the business community had maintained the move by government will rather cripple their businesses which is already suffering from high import duties. They had also complained that education on the new move hasn’t gone down well with members hence the need to put it on hold.
The intended demonstration which was to have seen the closure of shops within Greater Accra was to last from Monday to Wednesday but for the timely intervention of President Akuffo Addo.
At a meeting held between President Akuffo Addo and the executive of GUTA, the President agreed to resolve GUTA’s concerns before the implementation of the CTN. The disclosure which was made by President of GUTA, Dr. Joseph Obeng at a press durbar held at Opera Square sought to assuage the fear of members.
Dr. Obeng also disclosed that, the implementation of the CTN has been shifted to September 15 pending addressing critical issues raised by the Association. He was however quick to add that, should government fail to address their concerns by September 15, they will resume the demonstration. “Mind you, this demonstration was to have been the least of our demonstrations. We should be taken serious else if we don’t see any real action by the September 15, we will recall the demonstration, ” he opined.
The press durbar was organised in collaboration with the Ghana Institute of Freight Forwarders(GIFF), the Food and Beverages Association and WINSOR.
Source:Ghana/myxyzonline.com/93.1MHz/ Charles Akrofi