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GPMA and partners call off demo and production shutdown following talks with gov’t

This decision follows a productive dialogue with the Ministry of Trade and Industry regarding the implementation of a 5% Excise Tax on locally manufactured plastic products.

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The Ghana Plastic Manufacturers’ Association (GPMA), along with its partners, has announced the cancellation of their planned demonstration and production shutdown.

This decision follows a productive dialogue with the Ministry of Trade and Industry regarding the implementation of a 5% Excise Tax on locally manufactured plastic products.

The GPMA, in collaboration with the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), the National Association of Sachet & Packaged Water Producers (NASPAWAP), the Food & Beverage Association of Ghana (FABAG), and the Plastic Sellers Association of Ghana (PSAG), engaged in discussions with government officials on July 5, 2024.

The meeting was focused on addressing the concerns surrounding the new excise tax.
The Deputy Minister for the Ministry of Trade & Industry, Hon. Michael Okyere Baafi, who represented the government, demonstrated a commitment to further engagement and assured the associations that he would facilitate continued dialogue with the government.

He also promised to initiate the necessary mechanisms and procedures to halt the implementation of the excise tax.

As a result of the development, the GPMA and its partners have decided to call off the demonstration that was scheduled for July 10, 2024, and to hold off on their planned shutdown of production.

“We sincerely appreciate the Deputy Minister for his intervention,” said Ebbo Botwe, President of the GPMA, in a press statement released on July 8.

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