Some Ghanaian retailers in the Central Business District of Accra have expressed their displeasure at the closure of some foreign retail shops in the capital.
The retailers claim they will be disadvantaged if the Inter–Agency Task force of the Ministry of Trade continues closing the shops. They add that that they enjoy better services from the foreigners.
The Inter-Agency Task Force on Tuesday, served a final notice to foreign-owned retail shops to evacuate the market or face further sanctions.
Some of the retailers who spoke to Citi News
complained that the goods of the Ghanaian retailers were expensive thus making business unproductive.
“When they bring their goods, they are expensive, and when we go and purchase even with our money, they won’t sell to us. They tell us they will supply the wholesalers before us and they won’t also reduce their prices.”
They explained that, “the Chinese open their shops early so we get to buy when we come here. If they reject the Chinese, work will be difficult for us so we want the Chinese to stay.”
However, the Head of the Task Force, Mr. Ntim Atuahene insists foreign retailers have breached an earlier directive given by the Task Force to close their shops by October 16.
“The GIPC law Act 478, GIPC law 1994; the spirit of that law is to enable Ghanaians earn a living because the initial capital that one needs to enter trading is very low. So that is one of the areas that Ghanaians who are not all that endowed with money can do some business and earn their living,” he explained.
“That is why the law reserves that area for Ghanaians. So for a foreigner to travel all the way from their country to come here and engage in petty trading is not acceptable. They come with huge sums of money... and we expect them to give us full support for this exercise?”