Businessman and politician, Kennedy Ohene Agyapong has revealed that news of assurances by government of an impending reduction in import duties at the ports has been received with excitement by Ghanaians resident in the United Kingdom and Europe.
According to him there was wild and spontaneous jubilation when he broke the news to them during a recent visit abroad.
The ruling New Patriotic Party Member of Parliament for Assin Central Constituency in the Central Region said many Ghanaians abroad have been despondent and worried about the high import duties and the depreciating local currency, the Cedi.
He said assurances by President Akufo-Addo when he met the business community in the country some few weeks ago about government’s plans to reduce import duties has sent a calm wave across the diaspora.
‘’I vowed not to go and speak abroad again because when you go there, all the people are interested in is the duty, that it should be reduced. But at least the president met us some three weeks ago and assured us that they will reduce the import duties. So I was bold to go to Nottingham and speak to them and the whole of UK and Europe, they were so excited to hear that government intends to reduce import duties in the country and we are going to do it. We must reduce import duties’’ he said on his privately owned radio station, Oman Fm in Accra.