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Foreigners cannot engage in retail business - Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu

Comment: EDITED VERSION

Author:
THE REAL C.Y. ANDY-K
Date:
2019-07-20 14:47:54
Comment to:
SCRAP THE ARCHAIC, XENOPHOBIC LAW!


I am constantly in a state of shock at the ignorance and myopic attitude of many Ghanaians, including their leaders. They can't see beyond their noses!

President Akufo Addo just went to lobby successfully for the citing of the hdqters of the Africa Free Trade Pact in Ghana. What the hell does he and his associates understand about the implications of that? What the Free Trade entails, do they know? Can they tell us how many Ghanaian retailers have capital of $1m and employ 12 people and so expect Togolese, Burkinabes, Nigerians, etc., to have that before doing retail business in Ghana? And Ghanaian shop owners in the UK, US, Canada, Togo, Nigeria, etc., how many can met those conditions? Zilch! Remember, others will retaliate if they stupidly try to implement this archaic zenophobic law.

There is so much bemoaning of very low trade among African countries, an important reason for the poverty overpowering the people. Any kind of trade at all leads to the creation of value for the parties, even if unfair trade and non-reciprocal as much of our trading and relations with the West are.

Africans used to trade among themselves extensively before the colonialists came to divert trade to the coast and to themselves. We now produce so-called cash crops and minerals to sell to them while we import more and more food crops from them, besides teh manufactures. And some starve to death when there is not enough money to buy supplies when the rains failed and they couldn't get the little they produce themselves. But even during the colonial times, the colonialists allowed the regional trade and movement of people, things the new neo-colonial govts have been doing their utmost to restrict.

I had read documents detailing how coconut trees farmers from the Eastern Province of Anlo to Aflao were allowed to sell their copra in Lome, Togo, when prices were higher there. Each year, millions from the Savanna and Sahel regions moved south to farm and engage in trade, not only in Ghana but other West African countries. David Kimble mentioned 1m crossing at the Yendi crossing alone in 1954 when the whole population of Ghana wasn't even 5m! The Hausas, for 100s of years, brought tied and dyed and calico clothing from Kano, onion, etc. from Nigeria and cart away kola nuts, gold, etc., from Ghana. Hausas from Niger Republic carried head loads of petty items to all nooks and cranies of Ghana. They sold to we even kids on credit things like small foldable knives and torch lights! The Zabramas from Mali come to farm especially maize and carry the surplus to Mali. Those from Burkina Faso and Togo provided the bulk of the labour on the cocoa farms and were responsible for growing the food crops too. Some of these people worked in the mines too. Of course, the indomitable Yoruba women controlled the petty trading in all kinds of things unimaginable. If you want lion ointment or snake oil or skin, they have it!

Then in stepped the reactionary Busia, taking a cue from the likes of Mobutu, and upsetted this delicate economy based on centuries of trade relations which went across the Sahara with his mean, zenophobic and ill-considered Aliens Compliance Order. The cocoa industry collapsed to lowest levels and food shortages were only halted a while by Operation Feed Yourself after his overthrow. The retail sector plummeted into kalabule (if you're in court, it is pronounced "ka-la-buil", not ka-la-bu-ley:-)). Millions of Ghanaians soon became economic refugees all over Africa and spilling to Europe and N. America, with our 1000s of girls becoming prostitutes to survive or just to have a good life too!

Inter-African trade CANNOT be based on the mad cap idea that fellow Africans must have $1m to invest and employ 12 of the locals, as the rule of reciprocity must apply. This foolish and crazy law in Ghana MUST THEREFORE BE SCRAPPED AT ONCE. It is not part of our Constitution, as that insensitive and callous man who wanted to foist a new Parliamentary chamber and complex on us is saying. It is in conflict with the Africa of the Future. Maintaining it and trying to implement it to favour some few pro-NPP traders in Suame and Tip Toe is very detrimental to the interest of the mass of Ghanaians.

Demographic changes occurring now is going to make Nigeria one of the biggest markets in the world, not only Africa, where it is already the biggest. All major powers are taking measures to woe the Nigerians. Ghana is well placed to take advantages of that burgeoning population and market. Please don't allow these stupid and ignorant politicians from both the NPP and NDC to blow it up. Growing palm trees and supplying palm oil to Nigeria alone, we found out in the past, could be paying off Ghana's import of crude oil from Nigeria. Ghana gari is being shipped to supermarkets in Nigeria from the UK by Asians! What are Ghanaian traders doing? Fighting for protection and exclusive rights? Please scrap the law and let the magana finish!

Andy-K

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EDITED VERSION
THE REAL C.Y. ANDY-K
07-20 14:47