Uni-Pass implementation put on hold

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has been directed to suspend the implementation of the Uni-Pass port clearing system, which was initially scheduled to start on January 1, 2019.

 

The suspension has been brought about by legal, operational and other policy issues.

 

The directive, contained in a Decision Note of the Economic Management Team headed by Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, and dated December 20, 2018, said the decision to suspend the implementation of the Uni-Pass system and allow for the use of the existing National Single Window is to allow time for Cabinet to scrutinise the 10-year sole-sourced Uni-Pass deal.

 

“The planned introduction of Uni-Pass on January 1, 2019, be suspended, with a transition period to at least August 2019 to avoid potential disruptions to the port clearing system,” the Decision Note signed by Prof. Joe Amoako-Tuffour, Secretary/Member of the EMT said.

 

In the statement, the EMT has tasked CUPIA of Korea and Ghana Link Network Service to provide a demonstration that they had developed a “full end to end Customs Technology Solutions Systems, successfully tested, with independent Stress Report and provide a comprehensive implementation plan to the EMT by the end of January 2019″.

 

The suspension of the take-off date for the Uni-Pass system is also to allow for the Attorney General to advise the government on abrogating the existing contract with Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNet) and West Blue (Customs World).

 

“The Minister for Trade and Industry and the Minister for Finance [should] bring to Cabinet for the consideration and approval of the Uni-Pass arrangement and the Ghana Link Network Services Limited contract,” the Decision Note copied to the Commissioner-General of the GRA said.

By Times Reporter

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