GRA trains staff for ECOWAS common tariffs

The Ghana Revenue Authority has embarked on a training workshop on Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) Common External Tarriff for its personnel across the country.

The Common External Tarriff to be administered from June this year, after Parliament passed it into law, would streamline the tariff regime across the entire West Africa Community.

The Customs Division of the GRA, in preparation towards the new tax regime has lined up refresher courses for about 1,000 officers manning the borders and the ports.

The first batch constituting personnel from the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) and the Jamestown Post in Accra yesterday, began the workshop which would be rolled out across the country in the coming weeks.

Mr. George Blankson, the Commissioner General of GRA, in a speech read on his behalf by Frederick Gavor, Deputy Commissioner, (Operations), asked the participants to treat the workshop seriously since it would have a long term revenue generation impact on the country’s economy.

He said the right attitude was needed to be able to deliver the right output from the new regime, and that it was only the knowledge gained from the workshop which would determine that approach.

“The way you apply the knowledge would indicate whether the best or worse was to be derived from the new tax regime,” he said.

Mr. Blankson asked the participants to pay rapt attention to the fine details of the new tax regime to enable them to effect its implementation smoothly.

Mr. Osman Awudu, Assistant Commissioner at the Tema Port, serving as one of the facilitators, said the education would be extended to other stakeholders such as importers, and clearing agents.

He said the participants were the front- liners to spread the knowledge gained to their colleagues at the office to help roll out the new tax regime smoothly.

By Lawrence Markwe

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