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Regulation barring foreigners from retail trade unenforceable – Attorney


A law firm and lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Administration and General public Administration (GIMPA) has faulted the law barring international nationals from engaging in the retail industry in the place.

Justice Srem Sai mentioned Portion 27 of the Ghana PIC Act 865 is among a certain group of legislation that just can’t be enforced.

He told host Evans Mensah on Joy FM/MultiTV’s news examination programme, Newsfile, Saturday that once Ghana has signed on to be component of some intercontinental organisations like the ECOWAS, it ought to respect the aims of such organisations.

Subsequent governments have appear underneath heat from neighborhood suppliers for their failure to crack the whip on foreigners on the retail sector.

Retail traders in the Ashanti Regional cash and even in Accra have accused foreigners, Nigerians specifically, of participating in retail trade, opposite to Area 27 of GIPC Act 865.

The law prohibits non-Ghanaians from partaking in retail trade in the jurisdiction.

Subsequent governments have, however, observed it challenging to carry out the regulation, triggering the traders to go rogue on a seasonal foundation.  

A lot of, which include foreign nationals, have argued the regulation is contrary to the ECOWAS provision of cost-free motion of goods and individuals across the sub-region.

The Ghana Union of Traders Affiliation (GUTA) backed the motion by the Kumasi traders. At a presser, GUTA known as on the federal government to enforce the GIPC Act.

But Justice Sai argued that “government is not enforcing the legislation for the reason that they are unable to enforce it.”

The attorney thinks Ghana should enable ECOWAS treaty to act due to the fact in the world wide enterprise room, “the GIPC law has no likelihood of survival.”

“Let us repeal this law,” he stated.

Commenting on the circumstance, the vice president of IMANI Africa, Kofi Bentil urged the political leaders of Ghana and Nigeria to indicator a pact to curb the attacks on Nigerian retail traders in Ghana.

The conditions of this pact really should say that “Ghanaians would be permitted to engage in each individual financial activity in Nigeria that Nigerians are authorized to do in Ghana,” Mr Bentil who is also a lawful practitioner claimed.

He stated it’s time the two leaders find a lasting option to the age-previous menace of “xenophobic” assaults urging.

Look at his submission underneath:

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