Business News of 2014-03-25

Govt to prevent importation of sub-standard goods

Government has announced its intention to fight the importation of sub-standard goods into the country to protect local consumers.

Subsequently, it has embarked on several initiatives aimed at improving the capacity of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to monitor and control the quality of goods that are brought into the country.

The Deputy Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Samuel Yaw Adusei, who spoke on behalf of the regional minister, said this during an importers forum organised by the GSA in Kumasi on March 17.

He said the issue about the quality of imported goods was not the sole responsibility of public agencies but that all importers and consumers had an equally important role to play in getting rid of unacceptable and substandard goods.

He said the GSA was a public organisation mandated to deal with national standards and to handle issues relating to international standards.

He urged all importers in the region and the country as a whole to co-operate with the GSA to obtain the relevant information and specifications for goods in order to streamline and improve 'Destination Inspection Programme.'

Mr Opoku, however, entreated importers, consumers, public-private organisation and the media not to point accusing fingers at anyone but to help identify obstacles if any, hindering the smooth implementation of the inspection of high risk goods under the programme.

The Chief Executive Officer of GSA, Dr George Ben Crentsil, called on the importers to always fall on the GSA to direct them appropriately, especially on exports.

He said in ensuring compliance and addressing challenges, it was pertinent for importers to go strictly according to the directions of the GSA.