Toners Association wants foreigners out of Retail Market
The Adabraka Toners Dealers Association has expressed worry over the activities of foreigners in the retail market.
Secretary of the group, Alexander Owiredu speaking on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm said foreigners are taking over the retail business; a situation he lamented is against the laws of Ghana.
He underscored the need for the government to take steps to address the issue because shops have increased since the foreigners are able to pay any amount mentioned by shop owners.
He said the Association does not want to take the law into their own hands by shutting down the shops of foreigners hence the task force shutting down the shops of foreigners should come to Adabraka and do the needful.
He was disappointed the Task Force failed to come to Adabraka during their operations before moving tot Opera Square.
The Association had earlier issued a statement on the issue saying: ”Our association is fully aware of the task force recent operations which took place between the 10th – 20th August in the Greater Accra in key markets such as Abossey Okai, Circle Area, Opera and Zongo Lane and Kantamanto. We applaud the task force for their gallant operations in these markets in inspecting and ensuring full compliance of Ghana’s law with regards to retail trading which is well espoused in the GIPC ACT 865 Sections 27 & 28. The law which seeks to sanitize the Ghanaian retail space by encouraging foreigners to go through the appropriate channels to bring foreign investment to boost trading activities and to ensure job creation for the people of Ghana thereby improving the economy at large.
Now here are our concerns;
When the task force by the Committee of Foreign Retail Traders carried out it operations in the Greater, our market which is in the Adabraka enclave was skipped in the operations. This rather unfortunate skipping embolden the recalcitrant foreign traders who have influxed our market to continue breaking our laws with impunity.
Many of these foreign traders per our checks do not have the required documents to engage in retail trading as stipulated in the GIPC ACT 865, they have neither invested in USD $1 million in cash or capital nor employed at least 20 skilled Ghanaians. They do not have resident permit for their continuous stay and doing business and worse of it all have not registered their businesses with GIPC and do not pay statutories, taxies or levies to the state of Ghana as being done by their Ghanaian counterpart traders and therefore the nation of Ghana does not benefit in any slightest way from the economic activities of these recalcitrant foreign trader.”