The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) with the help of the Ghana Police Service, has apprehended five (5) companies that presented forged documents as registration requirements under the GIPC Act 2013 (Act 865).
The cases involved are falsification of Registrar General’s documents, forgery of GIPC Certificate, and forgery of Bank of Ghana foreign equity confirmation letters.
The forgery of Registrar General’s Department documents and GIPC Certificates, involved two companies, one is currently being prosecuted by the GIPC in Court, while the second company is being investigated by the Police.
Regarding the submission of forged Bank of Ghana equity confirmation letters, three companies are involved and they mentioned in their statements to the Police that a staff member of the GIPC assisted them in preparing the documents for submission.
It is worth noting that two of the companies involved in the forged Bank of Ghana equity confirmation letters are also among four Companies which have cases pending before the Court for failure to register with the GIPC.
However, the said staff member of GIPC, mentioned by the two companies has been invited by the Police and is assisting with investigations.
The GIPC, in their press release, also wishes to inform the general public that GIPC Act 2013, section 24 (1) states that “an enterprise in which foreign participation is permitted under this Act shall after incorporation or registration and before commencement of operations, be registered with the Centre”.