The Minority of Parliament has kicked against the rollout of systems by Ghana Link and UNIPASS at the country’s ports by the Government of Ghana.
According to them, the new contract signed with the Korean company does not make economic sense and contradicts government’s cost cutting policy.
Speaking to journalists, the Deputy Ranking Member on the Trade, Industry and Tourism Committee in Parliament, Yusif Sulemana questioned the motives of government in awarding the deal to Ghana Link and UNIPASS.
“The GCNet concept is one of the only projects that each government in the 4th Republic has built upon. The Akufo-Addo government will be the only one to depart from this. And strangely, they are doing so recklessly that the potential of saddling the country with judgement debt could not be higher.”
“Our belief is that the puppet masters pulling the strings for this transaction could only be motivated by what they stand to gain privately. Those people must be reminded that dawn is on the horizon and they will answer questions.”
Mr. Sulemana posed these questions in a bid to seek clarity on the deal
- Why is government seeking to replace systems that are tried and tested with those that are not?
- Why is government seeking to replace competent, internationally recognised indigenous homegrown companies and systems with foreign systems particularly in this era of self-sufficiency and Ghana Beyond Aid?
- Why is the government using sole sourcing system for this kind of competitive project?
- Why is the government agreeing to pay 93 million dollars in case of a termination for a contract worth 40 million dollars
- Why is the government choosing to abrogate cheaper contracts for more expensive contracts
- What is the problem with the current system that warrants a replacement? We need to know the justification and most importantly what is UNIPASS bringing on board that the current system does not have.
- Where is the feasibility study which is a condition precedent in the agreement they signed to show the extraordinary benefits that are expected from Ghana Link contracts.
The UNI-PASS International Agency (CUPIA) of Korea Customs Services and its local partner, Ghana Link Network Services Limited, have been contracted to implement a National Single Window in collaboration with Customs for trade facilitation.
The existing GcNet platform has the Ghana Integrated Cargo Clearance System (GICCS), the Ghana Customs Management System (GCMS) on it.
The new contract signing has received opposition from the Ghana Institute of freight forwarders, IMANI Africa among other institutions.