A multi-million cedi Shippers' Information Centre at the Ghana Shippers' Council in Takoradi has been commissioned last week.
The Minister of Ports, Harbours and Railways in Ghana, Christopher Ameyaw Ekumfi stated that shippers would be doing a great dis-service to the nation if they collude with these officials to pocket scarce resources needed for development. The shipping community has been cautioned by Ekumfi against conniving with officials of the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority and Customs, Excise and Preventive Service to deprive the nation, of huge sums of revenue at the ports. He said, the effort is also in line with government's policy, of providing a conducive environment for the growth of the private sector and encouraging the use of ICT to enhance business practices and procedures to achieve efficiency, adding that this would undoubtedly put Ghana on even keel with her partners around the globe. The Centre, made up of an ICT facility and a library, is expected to meet the needs of shippers, with regard to reliable shipping information, increased productivity and improved service delivery and also will help in the reduction of cost and enhancement of information flow in the supply chain among other things.