Tariff Board organises seminar for entrepreneurs in Upper West Region

The Upper West Regional Minister, Alhaji Issahaque Salia, has told the Ghanaian business community that they are living in a global village where resources and investments know no boundaries.

He therefore challenged them to move out to countries where the business environment was rife and take advantage of the opportunities abound to improve their lot.

Alhaji Salia was addressing members of the business community, personnel of the revenue mobilisation organisations, staff of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, and a cross section of the public at a seminar on the operations of the Tariff Advisory Board (TAB) in Wa on Monday.

He acknowledged that Ghana was fasting becoming the preferred destination for investment and trade and called for stringent measures to protect the interest of Ghanaian nationals.

“There is no denying fact that countries will, if not checked by a world body advance their national interest and in so doing short change or endanger other nationals,” he said.

Alhaji Salia tasked TAB to act as a mouthpiece to give a unify and stronger voice to Ghana and other developing countries to create level playing field at international trade forums.

“Issues about climate change, issues of clean energy and other international laws should be of much concern to TAB,” he said, pointing out that serious attention and protection must be given to agriculture to help Ghana revolutionalise food production and other sectors.

Alhaji Salia appealed to the Trade Ministry to organise more seminars on trade policies to enable the private sector to buy in, take advantage of, and be better place to identify issues of unfair trade.

Mr Appiah Donyina, Acting Secretary of TAB said the board had embarked on a programme to help educate members of the business community in the region on Ghana’s Trade Policy.

He said the establishment of TAB was to provide clear and transparent guidelines for the actions of government in the trade sector.

It was also to assure consistent, stable and predictable policy and legal regulatory environment within which the private sector could operate effectively and with certainty.

TAB would therefore increase the access to and competitiveness of Ghanaian businesses in international and domestic markets and also promote the enhancement of production capacity and product quality.

Mr Donyina said TAB would strengthen institutional arrangements for tariff review and determination of trade contingency measures collate and analyse information data to guide decision on tariff related issues.

Source: GNA

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