Members of the Council of State have held a closed door meeting with President Akufo-Addo on the issue of high import duties charged at the ports of entry in the country.
They also engaged him on the volume of tax exemptions and the impact they are having on the nations revenue stock.
Addressing the President at the opening session of the meeting, Council of State Chairman, Nana Otuo Siriboe II, said “current issues which have engaged the Council’s attention and are under its active consideration and on which it wishes to dialogue with you are the results of a series of meetings held with relevant stakeholders over high rates of duties, levies and taxes on imported goods at Ghana’s ports of entry and the large volumes of tax exemptions”.
“The findings from these engagements, together with our conclusions and recommendations, will be discussed with you in the closed door session”.
In his address, the Chairman of the Council congratulated the President on what the Council says are major achievements of the Akufo-Addo administration in the year 2019.
“Being our first meeting of the year and considering the number of important things which have transpired since our last meeting on August 8, 2018, let me take this opportunity to congratulate Your Excellency on the historic achievements you and your Government have made especially since the beginning of the year, 2019, in fulfillment of electoral promises you made in 2016”
The Council of State Chairman further noted, “In their order of chronology, Mr. President, you have achieved the following important milestones, among others: Reopening of the Obuasi Mines, Restoration of peace in Dagbon and the installation of a new Ya-Na, Creation and inauguration of six new regions and the appointment of Regional Ministers and their Deputies. On these important achievements., Mr. President, the Council says: Ayekoo! Well done”.