20th February, 2012
The Business Community
INVITATION TO ATTEND SEMINAR ON PRODUCT CERTIFICATION PROCESSES ON WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 29, 2012
We are happy to inform you that STRCCI is embarking on an advocacy action to address the bottlenecks in product certification processes (Please refer to the attached synopsis).
A sensitization seminar on the action has been scheduled on Wednesday February 29, 2012 at 3:30pm prompt at the SSNIT House Conference Room 311.
We are inviting you to participate in the discussions that will eventually benefit the entire business community.
The will be cocktail Party after the programme.
NB: Please endeavor to be Punctual.
SEKONDI-TAKORADI REGIONALCHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY
REGIONAL EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
SYNOPSIS ON REMOVING PRODUCT CERTIFICATION PROCESSES BOTTLENECKS PROJECT
STRCCI is embarking on an advocacy action seeking to remove bottlenecks on product certification barriers.
It been observed that some members of the chamber produce goods such as production of sachet water, soap and local yogurt. Operational Challenges of regulatory bodies such as Environmental protection Agency, Ghana Standards Board (GSB) and Food & Drugs Board (FDB) create undue bureaucratic and delays in licensing and certification of businesses in manufacturing and Food Industries.
These end up increasing the cost of doing Business Both in terms of Time and Money. This increased cost is created by the fact that these Certifying Agencies (Ghana standard Board, Food & Drugs Board, Environmental Protection Agency and Factory Inspectorate Department) are not located at one place but are rather placed far apart. Therefore, for a manufacturer to obtain Certificates from all of them for one single product line, the Manufacturer would have to shuffle from Agency to the other and as well be paying different fees for the different Certification for that same product
During the 3rd quarter of 2011, STRCCI with the assistance of Hanns Seidal Foundation conducted a research that aassessed the Impact of product Certification processes on businesses.
Members and the business community will be briefed on the outcome and of the research at this general meeting. Your input will be highly needed for further steps which will include dialoguing with stakeholders, media work and stakeholders forum.
The overall goal of the action is to have an easier and simplified product certification process leads to an improved business environment through higher efficiency, reduced cost and time during the certification process.