The Deputy Marketing Manager for Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GHAPOHA) in Takoradi, Peter Amo-Bediako, has noted that in the wake of hyper global competition, there is the need to adopt paperless port to attract more global businesses.
According to him, the system involves less time.
In an exclusive interview on a Takoradi-based Connect FM, Mr. Amo-Bediako, who is also the Public Affairs Manager at the Takoradi port said GHAPOHA is not aiming at domestic stakeholders only but also targeting land locked neighbouring African countries.
He explained that those countries can be wooed by high competitive stance and thus going paperless is key to attract cargoes through the port.
Making references to some African countries like Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, Mr Amo-Bediako noted that these three countries although land locked, have a booming economy due to enormous port transactions and thus targeting them calls for high compelling status quo.
He further explained that the paperless port will reduce clearance procedures and also limit physical interactions and other paper procedures that seem to delay clients at the ports.
“It is basically to reduce the human interaction that has characterized clearance of cargo through our ports into a web-based clearance procedures…Everybody that is involved in the clearance of goods at our ports the clearance agents included will allow for clearance of cargo through a web-based application.
“There won’t be the need for people to physically come to the port for clearance procedures to go, so at the comfort of your office you can just input whatever you need to input.”
He mentioned that the paperless port will be a four-hour transaction while interacting with clients electronically.
“For Takoradi port, all things being equal for four hours, everything will be cleared.”
By Loveridge Ampratwum Okyere|Connect 97.1FM|3news.com|Ghana