GCnet denies court action against UNIPASS deal

by Business Zone

Contrary to reports that the Ghana Community Network (GCnet) and West Blue Consulting are in court for government’s termination of their contract for trade facilitation at Ghana’s ports, GCnet has clarified that it knew nothing about the case being in court.

A source at the GCnet confirmed to the Goldstreet Business that the case was rather sent to court by Customs World, formerly West Blue Consulting.

Indeed, the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) is a shareholder of GCnet with both Commissioner of Customs and Commissioner General of the GRA being members of the GCnet board.

Together, the Ghana Shippers Authority, GCB Bank and the GRA controls about 35 percent share in the GCnet. 

Meanwhile, the GRA has been playing down the possibility of judgement debt payment to both the GCnet and West Blue Consulting in the current deal involving the takeover by UNIPASS.

However, the GRA cannot in anyway hold brief for West Blue Consulting regarding the payment of judgement debt as government would have to wait for the courts for the final ruling on the case.

Albeit, the GRA has admitted that there could be some compensations in fees in the contract termination to parties.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of GRA, Custom Division, Mate Kodjo, addressing the media at a workshop last week, said, “the fact that the government wants another company with a superior service to benefit the state does not warrant the request for judgement debt”.

He argued that there could only be a certainty about judgement debt when there is an existing contract which is deliberately and intentionally terminated.

The Deputy Commissioner added, “contracts can be allowed to run to their full length, it may overlap and it may be terminated based on the provisions in the contract if indeed there is a subsisting one and the imperatives are such that the contract should be terminated.”

Source: BusinessZone Online

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