Advisory Body on Legal Affairs
Legal issues are key for those operating in the area of freight forwarding whether in their own jurisdiction or internationally. Keeping GIFF members advised of legal developments locally and around the world is therefore of prime importance as is advising the Institute of action it may need to take in relation to legal developments to protect the interests of its members. The GIFF Advisory Body on Legal Affairs(GABLA) has therefore been duly constituted by Council. Terms of reference and other details are as under:
Terms of Reference
The GIFF Advisory Body on Legal affairs shall deal with all legal issues that affect the freight forwarding industry locally.
A. Purpose & Objective (Strategic & Market Development Oversight)
The aim and objective of the GIFF Advisory Body on Legal Affairs is to provide Strategic Guidance, Advice & Oversight for development of the sector of Ghana & provide due roll in GIFF dispute resolution. Although the body’s operations are more likely to be reactionary it may sometimes recommend policy which may be achieved through lobbying.
B. Advisory Body Mandate
The duly constituted Advisory Body on Legal affairs shall:
- Keep freight forwarders advised of legislative developments and their implementation where it may impact their activities locally.
- Review & suggest measures for developing the sector to mitigate the effects of any unfavorable legislation by recommending appropriate industry practices.
- Prepare and consider papers on topics relating to product/ market development and advice on the policies and practices for the same and onward submission to Council.
- Address all legal issues that are of concern to the freight forwarding industry and reports on the work.
- Respond to requests from practitioners in this sector, the Executive Council and other committees and panels for advice and recommendations on legal issues and, where necessary, raise with any organization or individual issues with which that organization or individual may be able to assist.
- Examine & suggest any other relevant legal issues having a bearing on the freight forwarding industry
The Advisory Body will fulfill this role by:
- Taking a leading role in informing and assisting members regarding the various national government legal provisions in the freight forwarding sector.
- Keeping the local freight forwarding industry up to date concerning ongoing talks with and the decisions of the bodies involved in policy making in the industry.
- Meeting on a regular basis with planned agendas and minutes of proceedings; and
- Publishing a summary of its work from time to time on the GIFF website by way of summary minutes of its meetings or an annual summary.
(a) The Chairman will oversee the efficient and effective operation of the Body in accordance with these Terms of Reference.
(b) In fulfilling these duties The Chairman will use best endeavors to act independently with due regard for the interests of all managing and members’ agents, and in accordance with any legal or regulatory requirements.
(c) In particular, the Chairman (with the assistance of a secretary who will be appointed by the National Secretariat) shall ensure that the Body conducts its business in accordance with the requirements of GIFF meeting procedures.
(d) The Chairman, after consultation with all Body members present at any relevant meeting, shall take the ultimate decision regarding the following matters:
(i) which issues to be escalated to the attention of any of the other Committees and via them to the attention of the Executive Council.
(ii) any decision where a quorate vote of Members is inconclusive.
The Chairman will be nominated by Council from amongst the Members of the Body basis on the following criteria.
He/she will have:
- Relevant experience/criteria
- Broad experience of the sector
- Recognized authority among practitioners in the sector
- Ability to represent practitioners’ interests to external bodies
- Reputation for fairness and integrity
- Technical knowledge
A Vice Chairman will also be selected by Council who will act when the substantive chairman is absent at meetings.
The Chairman will normally retire every 2 year(s), but will be eligible for re-nomination.
1) Chairman,- Charles Reindorf
2) Vice Chairman – Richard Ackah
3) Member - Cosmos Bondzie
4) Edward Akrong
5) Member – Josephine Nkrumah
6) Member – Dennis Ofosu Apea