Conference Introduction

CONFERENCE INTRODUCTION

Accra welcomes you to the 6th edition of the International Single Window Conference and Exhibition from October 3, 2017 - October 5, 2017.

The development of foreign trade and the means adopted, are considered as a locomotive that will drive state economies to assume better position on the international scene and make it an important trading platforms between all countries of the world.

As the Government fully works to capitalise on the implementation of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Trade Facilitation agreement, Ghana seeks to position itself as a truly open, transparent and dynamic trading economy.

Ghana therefore has committed to re-double efforts in export development and use the advent of the WTO Agreement to develop new market opportunities and support programmes for traders.

Ghana’s Minister for Trade and Industry, Hon. Alan Kyerematen recently noted that 'Trade facilitation is a cornerstone of the government's trade and economic development agenda. We believe it will greatly assist Ghana in reaching our full potential as a leading trading nation, both regionally and globally, and that this in turn will create strong earnings and employment growth within the country,' he said.

As one of the original signatories to the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement, which came into force on February …. 2017, WTO estimates that the agreement will generate more than one trillion dollars in benefits annually and that the majority of these benefits would accrue to developing economies.

It is against this backdrop that deepening Customs Management processes, improving the ease of doing business in Ghana, improving business competitiveness and enhancing revenue mobilisation that Ghana’s pioneer Single Window Operator, organizes, in partnership with Office of the Vice President, the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, the African Alliance for Electronic Commerce, the Ghana Revenue Authority, (Customs Division) the sixth edition of the International Single Window Conference and Exhibition, that will take place from the 3rd to the 5th October 2017 at the Movenpick Hotel in Accra.

This year’s edition in Ghana will be unique in a number of ways.
(a). The conference will be happening on the back of announcements of massive reforms by the Government of Ghana to make the country the preferred trading hub at the May Ports Efficiency Conference organised by the Office of the President.

(b). It will also provide opportunity for participants to learn more from the experiences of Ghana in the adoption of best approaches to implement the Trade Facilitation Agreement in the context of international trade through the exhibition of the latest innovative solutions, the exchange of experience and coordination of efforts between all participants.

We expect that the event will bring more than 50 international delegations including 25 African countries, as well as many national actors and international experts, international institutions such as: United Nations and World Bank, the World Trade Organization and the world Organization of customs and many national and international economic operators.