February 8, 2019

The Ghana Free Zones Authority (GFZA) has held a day’s capacity building workshop for members of the Parliamentary Press Corps on operations of the authority.

The exercise which was held on the theme; “the Parliamentary Reporter as an effective link between Parliament and the Public” was aimed at equipping Journalists with the requisite knowledge on the mandate of the authority to help better inform and educate the public.

Topics treated includes, Background, legal mandates and operational scope of the Ghana Free Zones Authority and its impact on the development of the country, the Role of the Ministry of Trade and Industry in ensuring acceptably delivery from GFZA and Processes for Issuing, monitoring and revocation of license of companies and its significance to the economy.

The rest includes Achievements, Challenges and the purpose of the Investment Week Benefits to Investors, Future prospects of the Ghana Free Zones Enclaves and the role of stakeholders.

Tamale Central Member of Parliament, Fuseini Inusah Abdulai Bistav who is a Member of Trade, Industry and Tourism Committee gave a presentation on the Execution of Parliamentary Oversight responsibilities on GFZA and other Government Agencies.

Officials of the authority who made various presentations are Head, Legal Mrs. Kristine Lartey, Head, Compliance and Monitoring, Mr John Abuga, Head, Application Processing, Mr Nsiah Asante and Manager, Marketing Ms. Anita Novi Quashie.

First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu was the guest Speaker urged journalists to always put the interest of Ghana first in their reportage.

The Free Zones Authority which was established in August 1995, is meant to promote economic development by creating an attractive and conducive business environment through the provision of competitive Free Zone incentives and operation of an efficient one-stop-shop for the promotion and enhancement of domestic and foreign investment.

Christian Kpesese/ ghanamps.com