CUPIA/UNIPASS Has No Single Window Deal In Sierra Leone

0
47

Imani Ghana has been caught throwing huge lies against the UNIPASS as regards the single widow operations in Sierra Leone.

UNIPASS and its Korean partners have not done any single window operations in that country, it has been revealed.

It is therefore totally false for Imani Ghana to say that Korean Customs Service Division (CUPIA) had done any work on single window in Sierra Leone.

The Government of Ghana, through the Ministry of Trades and Industry, has a 10-year contract with UNIPASS for the provision of single widow system at the ports and other entry points in the country.

Government arrived at the decision based on the fact that UNIPASS has superior systems that would help the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to rake in more revenue for the state as compared to what happened in the past. 

Imani Ghana, in a petition to President Nana Akufo-Addo, about the UNIPASS deal for single window operations for Ghana’s ports and entry points, made lots of false claims.

Ghana Link Network Services, which is part of the promoters of UNIPASS, has also not done any single window operation in Sierra Leone, as Imani Ghana wanted President Akufo-Addo to believe.

An entity belonging to Mr. Nick Danso Adjei, who is the chief executive officer of Ghana Link Network Services, actually won a contract for single window operations in Sierra Leone. It implemented the deal, but it was eventually mutually cancelled owing to a change of government in that country.

A 10-year contract that had been won by a Destination Inspection Company (DIC) belonging to Mr. Adjei was also cancelled.

Indeed, Mr. Adjei’s company did some Destination Inspection job in Sierra Leone, but not a single window operation, as Imani Ghana falsely claimed.

It is instructive to know that Mr. Adjei company’s single window operation contract is still binding and likely to be implemented soon.

CUPIA is operating in four African countries, which Sierra Leone is not included. The four countries are Tanzania, Cameroon, Ethiopia and Algeria.

In all, CUPIA is operating in 10 countries, including Mongolia, Guatemala, Ecuador, Nepal, Dominican Republic and Uzbekistan.

About UNIPASS In Ghana 

The feasibility studies on the capabilities of UNIPASS started in 2015, when Ghana and its Korean partners sold their unique idea to the government at the time.

The Ministry of Trade and Industry, under the watch of Mr. Alan Kwadwo Kyerematen, signed a 10-year contract with the company.

The Economic Management Team (EMT), headed by Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, in the past, has had cause to put the UNIPASS takeover of single window operations on hold.

The whole move was to enable the establishment to have a proper understanding of the UNIPASS system and how it was going to help Ghana.

The promoters also used that decision by the EMT to tidy all weak ends and prepare very well for the takeover.

So far, thousands of Customs officials of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) have been trained on the new system.

Other stakeholders including banks and freight forwarders have also been trained on the operations of the UNIPASS system and how it will fast-track activities at the port.

Call On Freight Forwarders To Embrace UNIPASS System

The president of the Chamber of Freight Forwarders and Traders, Dennis Amfo Sefa, says he expects freight forwarders to warm up to the idea of the UNIPASS single window system at the country’s ports.

Just like how the Ghana Community Network System (GcNet) took over the country’s ports in 2002, Mr. Sefa said the UNIPASS system should be allowed time to develop.

It took about two years for GcNet and West Blue Consulting, the two companies that were initially operating the single window system, to integrate and work cohesively.

“We were all over the place. We did not understand why the government wanted to change the system that we had [at the time to GcNet] because it was perfect and it was working. We were also complaining that we had not been trained,” he recalled on Citi TV‘s The Point of View.

“So it takes time. There is no way freight forwarders will embrace change without friction.”

GcNet eventually trained over 100 companies at the time it rolled out its system.

.Mr. Safo noted that the old systems also faced similar challenges.

“We resisted GcNet. We resisted West Blue, but today we are saying GcNet and West Blue are okay. So with time, we will get there. You will see that in two, three or four years time, we will come back here and say that UNIPASS is the best.”

Table shows countries where CUPIA is operating

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here