We can’t work with “autocratic” Carlos Ahenkorah – GUTA to Akufo-Addo

Carlos Ahenkorah, Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry is under fire after the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) served notice to President Akufo-Addo that they can no longer work with him because of his supercilious attitude.

Members of the association claim Mr Ahenkorah is “autocratic” in his dealings with them; an attitude they fear will eventually collapse the trade sector.

GUTA’s notice follows a last-minute volte-face on an earlier directive by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MoTI), rescinding its order to all foreigners in the domestic retail business to leave the local market before July 27.

In a release signed by its acting Chief Director, Ebenezer Padi Adjirackor and issued on Wednesday, said the directive had been suspended “to intensify sensitization and education in the domestic retail trade sector”.

But GUTA argues that Ghana’s market will be flooded with substandard goods due to the suspension of the directive by the Trades Ministry to flush out foreign retailers.

David Amoateng the Greater Accra Regional Chairman of GUTA, in his interaction with Asempa FM on Friday, said its members have lost confidence in the trade minister.
“We cannot work with Mr Ahenkorah any longer because he does not respect traders, and his actions are creating insecurity for Ghanaian traders. He has demonstrated incompetence in dealing with us; we hold the view that no sovereign country will be enforcing a law and still try to educate those who are flouting the law,” he stated.

He blamed foreigners for the influx of pirated and substandard goods on the Ghanaian market leading to unfair trade practices and competition.

GUTA’s Greater Accra Regional Secretary, Nana Poku, on the same platform, said they want the government to apply the law and prevent foreigners from engaging in petty trading.

“We know the President means well for Ghanaians but some of his appointees including Carlos Ahenkorah are creating problems for him”, he noted.

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