Ghana or­ders Nige­rian traders, oth­ers out of mar­kets

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Kate Da Costa in Ac­cra

The gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana has is­sued a two-week ul­ti­ma­tum to non-Ghana­ian traders, in­clud­ing many Nige­ri­ans to va­cate mar­kets across that coun­try. Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by the Min­istry of Trade and In­dus­try, non-Ghana­ians en­gaged in re­tail trad­ing have up to July 27 to move out of the mar­kets or they would be pros­e­cuted.

“No­tice is hereby given to all non-Ghana­ians who are en­gaged in re­tail trad­ing ac­tiv­i­ties con­trary to the pro­vi­sions of the Act (GIPC Law 2013) to de­sist from do­ing so. All per­sons en­gaged in such prac­tices are there­fore ad­vised to stop to avoid le­gal ac­tions be­ing taken against them. Of­fend­ers are en­treated to move out of the mar­kets by Fri­day 27, 2018,” the state­ment said.

The min­istry said Ghana­ian law pro­hibits non cit­i­zens from en­gag­ing in any re­tail busi­ness, in­clud­ing the hawk­ing or sell­ing of goods.

“Sec­tion 27 (1) of the GIPC Law 2013, (Act 865) says, A per­son who is not a cit­i­zen or an en­ter­prise which is not wholly owned by a cit­i­zen shall not in­vest or par­tic­i­pate in the sale of goods or pro­vi­sion of ser­vices in a mar­ket, petty hawk­ing or sell­ing of goods in a stall at any place,” it said.

This is not the first time gov­ern­ment has ex­pelled for­eign­ers from mar­kets in the coun­try. Shops owned by for­eign­ers, mostly Chi­nese and Nige­ri­ans were shut by the Min­istry of Trade and In­dus­try in 2012 and 2013, largely due to com­plaints by the lo­cals that their busi­nesses were be­ing sti­fled by the pres­ence of for­eign­ers in the mar­kets.

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