The Presidential Task force on Foreign Retail Trade set up by government to sanitize the country’s retail space is set to begin an exercise on August 10, to lock up foreign-owned retail shops whose operators do not have the requisite documents to do business in the country.
This follows renewed tensions between Ghanaians and Nigerian retailers in parts of Accra. Recently, members of the Abossey Okai Spare Parts Dealers Association in Accra locked up some Nigerian retail shops in protest against foreigners in retail trade against the GIPC Law that reserves the space for locals.
President of the Ghana Union of Traders, Dr. Joseph Obeng, who made this known to Citi Business News, said the traders have been advised to allow the task force to do its work.
GUTA however says the ECOWAS Commission owes it a duty to educate citizens of member states about the sub-regional protocols on trade, as the foreigners engaged in retail trade in Ghana are convinced that they are not breaking any law.