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GUTA suspends intended closure of shops

The Ghana Union of Traders’ Association (GUTA) has postponed the planned closure of all stores beginning on Monday, August 29.

The protest against the high cost of doing business was announced on August 22.

However, after a discussion with the GUTA leadership, other traders, and representatives of the National Security, Finance, Trade, and Industry Ministries, the traders decided against taking part in the action.

Additionally, there was a meeting with representatives of the Council of State.

After the meetings, a roadmap was agreed upon.

As part of the roadmap, GUTA accepted a suspension of the “intended closure of shops in Accra on Monday, 29th August, 2022”.

“A joint committee made up of ten members of the trading community and eight members from the Council of State has been set up under the chairmanship of a Council of State Member, Hon, Paa Kofi Ansong, to look into all the issues raised by GUTA in the meeeting,” a press statement issued by GUTA on Friday, August 26 said.

The traders have, however, been asked to continue to fly red flags in front of their shops “until solutions are found”.

On Wednesday, August 24, the Traders Advocacy Group Ghana (TAGG) questioned the decision by GUTA, claiming it was rather going to give undue advantage to foreign retail shops.

“We have so many ways of actually attracting government’s attention in addressing this situation,” he said.

“Closing shops is not the issue. Some of our traders are on loans and if you are keeping our members to close shops, it doesn’t make sense.”

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