Tackling Systemic Cash Extortion in Holds Inspection

Background and Rationale

Ghana relies heavily on maritime trade, with approximately 85% of international commerce transported by sea. Tema port, Ghana’s largest, serves as an important gateway for landlocked countries like Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger. About 49% of cargo traffic through Tema is hinterlandrelated, showing its strategic location. Strengthening the efficiency by improving vessels’ turnaround time will enable Ghana to facilitate more seaborne trade supporting growth locally and regionally. However, MACN’s anonymous data is showing an increase in reported corrupt demands in Ghanaian ports. This is a clear risk indicator for delays and increased costs for vessels and further poses a major risk for Ghana’s ambition to serve as the main trade hub for West Africa. 

MACN’s Strategy

MACN has launched a new Collective Action initiative in Ghana. This initiative has the backing of the Ghanaian maritime authorities and maritime industry stakeholders. The strategy focuses on strengthening collaboration between private sector companies and government agencies, promoting best practices, and utilizing MACN’s global network and compliance tools. Key components of the initiative include facilitating dialogue within the Ghanaian maritime industry, conducting awareness-raising, training, and resolution on integrity issues. Through these efforts, MACN and its partners aim to sustain momentum and tackle corruption and compliance challenges in Ghana’s maritime sector. The initiative represents a collective approach designed to enhance integrity, transparency, and responsible business practices.

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MACN Ghana Timeline

  • 2024

    • MACN hosted a high-level public meeting to enhance compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) among port agencies
  • 2023

    • MACN hosted a regional workshop to promote public-private sector and inter-industry dialogue on tackling corruption in seaports

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