Ghana delegation visits Nigeria Customs Service
From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – A high-level delegation from Ghana has paid the Nigeria Customs Service a courtesy visit to assess the progress of the Pre-Arrival Assessment Report (PAAR).
The delegation has also assessed other information technology modernisation projects envisaged to help Nigeria cut costs and enhance ease of business.
According to the Customs Service, the delegates were drawn from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, with some senior officers from Ghana Revenue Authority.
They have met Customs Comptroller-General, Alhaji Inde Dikko, behind closed doors.
Delegates were informed of the PAAR, which is said to have made the process of clearance of goods before the arrival of cargoes into Nigeria easier and saving costs and time for the country.
Officials further mentioned the fact that the system had also enhanced collaboration and build-up of integrity between Nigeria Customs Service and its various stakeholders in the industry globally.
The Nigeria Customs team informed the delegates that Nigerian traders most especially customs stakeholders in all sector now enjoyed better trading processes through the modernization drive put in place by the federal government which in-turn has also created a more conducive environment for investment opportunities in the country.
According to information from the Customs Service, the delegates spoke on low level of Africa in global trade, while they expressed optimism that the situation is fast changing due to the introduction of some strategies been introduced to make Africa more competitive in global trade.
“The delegates unanimously agreed that PAAR and the ongoing modernization drive has set a pace for Intra-African trade thus ensuring that African economy block remains strong, relevant and modernised to meet the needs of the citizens,” read a statement.
– CAJ News
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