GCNet Connects Ministry Of Foreign Affairs To eMDA Portal

GcNetGCNet in collaboration with the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), has started the process of connecting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration (MFA) to the electronic Ministries, Department and Agencies (eMDA) portal for the issuance of electronic permits and exemptions required for Customs clearance.

The move is part of necessary measures put in place to plug revenue leakages and to facilitate Trade and Customs processes, in particular the removal of paper and manual processes in the midst of the deployment of an electronic system.

In pursuit of this goal, a sensitisation and training programme has been organised for 140 Foreign Service Officers of the MFA and representatives of various Foreign Missions in Ghana who are responsible for Custom clearances for their respective Foreign Embassies, High Commissions and international organisations.

Speaking at the function, the Assistant Commissioner of Information Technology of GRA Customs Division, Mrs. Elizabeth Opare, noted that aside automating the issuance exemptions, the usage of the portal would help the GRA to run regular reports on the frequency of vehicles imported by each mission for instance and how much duty and tax exemptions have been granted over a particular period.

These, she said, could easily be verified with the DVLA and further analyses conducted would help determine whether any undue excesses are being carried out.

The MFA is one of the few Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs), including Ghana Museums and Monuments Board, and the Ministry of Interior, which are yet to connect to the portal.

It is expected that with the usage of the portal by the MFA, Foreign Missions and Embassies would help to effectively monitor and control diplomatic exemptions granted for various goods that are imported duty and tax free into the country under diplomatic protocols as well as check any inherent abuses which give rights to possible revenue leakages.

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