Ghana’s vice president Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia paid a surprise visit to the Registrar-General’s Department on Wednesday to identify the bottlenecks bedeviling the State outfit.
Dr. Bawumia interacted with owners of businesses and ordinary Ghanaians who had gone to the Department to register their businesses.
He met a lot of people at the registry who also expressed their frustrations with the “bureaucratic processes” in registering their establishments.
According to Dr. Bawumia, his vision is to make Ghana a “business friendly country” and that dream must begin with the Registrar-General’s department.
Rwanda is currently ranked the most business-friendly country in Africa. Speaking later with the acting Registrar General Mrs. Jemima Oware, who was visibly stunned about the visit, Dr. Bawumia noted the Akufo-Addo-led administration is hoping to use the East African country’s feat as a “benchmark.”
“It was a fulfilled visit and there will be follow-up discussions,” Dr. Bawumia told the media after being briefed about the business registration process.
He served notice there will be more of such surprise visits to other state institutions to make sure “things work in Ghana.”
Dr. Bawumia appealed to officials at the Department to speed up the processes and to do their best to position Ghana as a business-friendly environment.
Mrs. Oware lamented over the three-month-old state attorneys strike which she said is having a heavy toll on the process because the lawyers need to review the applications.