Customs World, a subsidiary of Ports Customs and Free Zones Corporation (PCFC), Dubai is to invest an initial GH¢43million ($9.8 million) in improving existing systems at Ghana ports for the clearing of goods under the paperless port system.
Officials of the company, which took over West Blue Ghana Limited–the company engaged in the provision of the National Single Window and Risk Management System in Ghana–at a press briefing said they intend to make it possible for the clearing of goods at Ghana’s ports in less than a minute.
A six-member team from Customs Worlds visited the country last week to meet the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and other stakeholders, as they prepare to transform port operations in the country.
The delegation was led by Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO of DP World and Faisal Eissa Lutfi, CEO of Customs World.
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, the Chairman and CEO of DP World and Chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zones Corporation, Dubai added that they believe that their investments would be the vehicle that would turn the fortunes of the country’s ports around.
“We are using the same system we used in Dubai. This system will be useful to the government and people of Ghana. We believe that the technology help link the cargoes and others. This will help reduce the cost and time of doing business in the country,” he added.
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem said they are therefore excited about the opportunity to implement the fully integrated ports, customs and free zones solution for Ghana which is operationally seamless from end to end to make Ghana’s Ports and Customs Systems the number one in West Africa.
The improved operational and systems efficiency at the port is expected to increase government revenue and create more jobs for Ghanaians.
“We already have the system on the ground working. This will help us meet the project deadline, so we are confident that our technology will improve trade facilitation in the country,” said Faisal Eissa Lutfi, CEO of Customs World.
The solution to be implemented through the investment include: risk engine; Mirsal 2; client management system; smart applications; and the management of free zones and custom warehouses.
Customs World, under the Ports Customs Free Zones Corporation, founded DP World which is currently present in 40 countries and 78 ports around the world including Australia, United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Korea, Canada, Belgium, Indonesia, Thailand, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, India, among others.