The Ghana Shippers’ Authority, under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport, is the current Chairman of the Union of African Shippers’ Councils in West and Central Africa (UASC). The 19 member countries of the UASC are committed to the Trade Facilitation Agreement, and most of these countries have ratified the Agreement in their respective countries including Ghana. By committing to host the eighth African Shippers’ Day, the Ghana Shippers’ Authority (GSA) is sticking to the policy of Shippers’ Councils within the sub-region, which have made trade facilitation a major concern for the competitiveness of the economies of their respective countries.
THE THEME FOR THE 8TH AFRICAN SHIPPERS DAY The theme for the 8th African Shippers Day ‘Trade Facilitation and its Impact on Africa’s Industrialization’ is very apt, especially so, in the wake of the Entry into force of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement ( TFA) in February, 2017. More than ever there is the need for countries that have ratified the agreement to begin to implement the articles for which they have made commitments in accordance to the WTO TFA. Trade Facilitation lays down specific measures for import, export and transit formalities, to facilitate trade in order to enhance administrative efficiency and effectiveness and reduce transaction costs and time, whilst enhancing the predictability of global markets.