GCNet Maintains Top Position

The GCNet team led by Deputy General Manager, Mr. Carl Sackey receiving the Trade Facilitation Organisation and Company of the Year awards from the Hon. Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, Dep. Min. for Transport

For the third consecutive
year, the Ghana Community
Network Services Limited (GCNet) has been adjudged the Trade Facilitation Organisation of the Year at the prestigious
Ghana Shippers Awards recently held in Accra. The company was also recognised
as Company of the Year.

GCNet emerged as the winner for the two awards
because of its pioneering and leadership role in the trade facilitation
industry. GCNet at the centre of Ghana’s digitization journey has leveraged technology
to transform the economy through the deployment of innovative systems that
facilitate trade, reduce the associated cost of trade, improve business
competitiveness and also enhance revenue mobilization.

The Ghana Shippers Awards
recognises excellence, hard work and encourages strict adherence to compliance
and transparency in the transport and shipping industry.  In all, there were 52 award categories in the
2019 Ghana Shippers Awards, with 15 penned for special recognition awards to
industry actors who have excelled in their contribution to reshaping the
ecosystem for growth

For the past 17 years, GCNet has provided the
infrastructure that networks all parties to a single window platform, ensuring
efficiency, transparency and security in the trade facilitation and revenue
mobilization ecosystem.

Commenting on the award, General Manager of GCNet,
Mr. Alwin Hoegerle, noted ‘the company
has continued to leverage technology to reshape the trade facilitation and
revenue mobilization space.”

In addition, GCNet has deployed
the third version of the Ghana Customs Management Systems (GCMS) and the
advanced version of the Manifest document to facilitate fast clearance of goods
from the ports. It has also facilitated the smooth implementation of the First
Port Duty Rule policy directive and integrated the Ghana Customs Management
System (GCMS) with the National Petroleum Authority’s (NPA) Petroleum Orders
and related payment requirements to petroleum tax revenue collection.

According to Mr Alwin Hoegerle, these major milestones
in the past year have added value to the trade facilitation ecosystem and
impacted positively in Ghana’s position in the World Bank Ease of Doing
Business ranking.

Speaking at the event, Deputy Minister of
Transport, Hon. Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover pledged the Ministry’s commitment to
work with all stakeholders to create conducive regime through the provision of
the necessary infrastructure and policy support that engenders a competitive
business environment for accelerated development.

Chief Executive Officer of the
Ghana Shippers Authority, Ms Benonita Bismarck noted that the continued
educational engagements with stakeholders had contributed to reduction of demurrage
costs and improved turn-around time.

She assured that the Authority
would work to ensure the provision of robust, enduring infrastructure and
systems that enhance the maritime regime.

GCNet has invested more than $80m in system and infrastructure upgrades to ensure data integrity, business continuity and security in the trade facilitation and revenue mobilization ecosystem, with significant increase in the customs tax revenue mobilization realised from GH₵13.1bn in 2016 to GH₵15.3bn (exclusive of Petroleum Tax) in 2017 and GH₵16.3bn collected in 2018.

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