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Ghana wants to restrict imports of 22 products – an economist explains how, why and what else must be done

Ghana wants to restrict imports of 22 products – an economist explains how, why and what else must be done

GHANA’S Ministry of Trade and Industry has tabled in parliament a proposed ban or restrictions on imports of certain goods, including rice, sugar, poultry, fruit juices and animal intestines (tripe). The proposed legislation empowers the trade minister to issue licences to potential importers of goods. Critics of the policy say it will give too much power to the minister and create room for corruption. The Conversation Africa’s Godfred Akoto Boafo spoke to development economist Adu Owusu Sarkodie about the policy. ADU OWUSU SARKODIE, Lecturer, Department of Economics, University of Ghana What are import restrictions? These refer to the various schemes,…
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