GCNet wins two awards at maiden Shippers Awards

Mrs  Lokko (2ndfrom right) with other members of the GCNet team at the maiden Ghana Shippers Awards held in Accra.

Mrs Lokko (2ndfrom right) with other members of the GCNet team at the maiden Ghana Shippers Awards held in Accra.

The Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNet) has won the two top most awards at the maiden Ghana Shippers Awards (GSA) held in Accra.

GCNet was adjudged the Trade Facilitation Company of the Year while its executive chairman, Dr Nortey Omaboe took the flagship CEO of the Year award capping 15 years of excellence in the deployment of e-applications for the efficient and paperless processing of trade and Customs transactions in the country.

Mrs Aba Lokko, Corporate Communications Manager, commenting on the awards noted that GCNet continues to play a critical role collaborating with the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to continuously deploy new services built on a culture of excellence in service delivery, innovation, integrity and professionalism.

Mrs Lokko expressed the company’s gratitude to stakeholders for their partnership and support for GCNet over the past 15 years which has culminated in the numerous recognition and awards over the years.

“The GCNet / GCMS single window platform has undergone significant improvements all in a bid to facilitate trade business competitiveness, and enhance revenue mobilisation,” she said.

She said GCNet would continue to deploy a robust e-solutions infrastructure to support a paperless regime in the country, adding, “one of such e-solutions deployed in July 2016 at no cost to the Bank of Ghana is the Letter of Commitment (LOC) module, which has raked in a total of$4.2bn within a year of deployment.”

The GCNet LOC tracks exports proceeds into the country and also boosts the availability of forex in the economy.

According to the Bank of Ghana, it was losing close to $3bn annually through non-repatriation of export proceeds before the LOC.

The GSA, organised by the Ghana Shippers Authority,  will be an annual flagship event of the authority to recognise individuals and companies that have distinguished themselves  in the growth and development of the shipping industry while recognising the key functions within the industry that promote growth and sustainability.

Delivering his keynote address, Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah said government would continue with the expansion of sea and air ports to facilitate the creation of a competitive business environment.

He reiterated government’s commitment to deepen trade facilitation efforts to make Ghana the preferred trading hub in Africa.

He announced that government was considering the adoption of a regulatory framework that provide a mechanism to address challenges in the space of trade facilitation and urged players in the industry to continue to leverage on technology while upgrading their systems regularly.

Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Shippers Authority, Ms Benonita Bismarck assured that the authority will continue to work towards building robust and enduring infrastructure and systems that enhance the maritime environment.

 

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