The Ghana Electrical Dealers Association and the Ghana Union Traders Association (GUTA) are demanding the closure of all retail shops belonging to Foreigners by Monday, November 4, 2019.
The associations claim the government has not fulfilled its promise of ridding the market of foreign traders in the retail market despite several appeals.
The group has been complaining about what they say is the collapse of their businesses due to the invasion of foreigners in the retail business.
According to the traders, the activities of the foreigners contravene the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre’s Act (Act 865).
Citing the closure of the Nigerian border to protect its country from the smuggling of goods into their country, the association said they will not tolerate the foreigners anymore.
Public relations officer of the association Samuel Addo says they are giving a deadline of up-to Monday for foreigners to close their shops or face their wrath.
GIPC Act on Foreigners in retail market
Section 27(1) of Act 865 generally lays out activities that foreign investors are not permitted to invest or participate in. This list is not exclusive. Other laws have provisions on activities reserved for Ghanaians. These activities include the sale of goods or provision of services in a market, petty trading or hawking or selling of goods in a stall at any place. Other activities not permitted for non-citizens include:
the operation of taxi or car hire service in an enterprise that has a fleet of less than twenty-five vehicles, the operation of a beauty salon or a barbershop, the printing of recharge scratch cards for the use of subscribers of telecommunication services
the production of exercise books and other basic stationery retail or finished pharmaceutical products the production, and retail of sachet water