We’ll review $1m foreign equity requirement for Nigerian traders, says Ghana president

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Nana Akufo-Addo, president of Ghana, says the country will review the $1 million foreign equity requirement for the Ghana Promotion Investment Council (GIPC) registration.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by Benjamin Kalu, spokesman of the house of representatives, on Friday.

Nigerian traders in Ghana had lamented the closure of their shops over failure to provide evidence of GIPC registration.

According to the traders, the registration requires $1 million in foreign equity which they had found difficult to provide.

However, according to the statement, Akufo-Addo gave the assurance of looking into the GIPC requirement when Mike Oquaye, speaker of the Ghanaian parliament, led Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, on a courtesy visit to the president at the Jubilee House, Accra, Ghana, on Thursday.

The dialogue was set up for the two countries to seek modalities in order to settle challenges and provide an enabling business environment for foreign traders, including Nigerians doing business in Ghana.

Responding to a request by Gbajabiamila for a revisit of the GIPC policy, Akufo-Addo said the request for a review would be considered.

“I think the way forward, which is really what matters in situations like this, that is being suggested, one that I find very acceptable, a Nigeria-Ghana business council that will superintend over trade matters and investment matters between our two countries, may be long overdue,” Akufo-Addo was quoted as saying.

“The time has come for us to take these worthwhile steps. I suggested to Mr. President (Muhammadu Buhari) that it will be a good idea to set up a joint ministerial committee from both sides who will be responsible for shepherding Ghana and Nigeria issues, reporting to both presidents at any one time, and that is how they should be settled.

“I am hoping when I see him (Buhari) on Monday for the ECOWAS summit, we can advance these discussions and come to a final conclusion.

“The way you yourselves have come about this matter is very satisfactory and it requires our support. The review that you are asking for, why not? If it works in our mutual perspectives, we can take it for granted that your request will be taken seriously. We will have a look at it.”

Meanwhile, in a communique issued jointly at the end of the bilateral meeting, it was resolved that “measures will be adopted to support law-abiding traders to properly regularise their business operations to alleviate the trade challenges occasioned by the alleged closure of the retail stores.”

According to the communique, the decision was taken “in view of the ravaging impact of COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and families in both countries”.

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