A 20 Percent Tax on Mobile Phones: What is Ghana’s Parliament Thinking?

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 The mobile services industry is a modern day gold mine for the “Gold Coast” – according to the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, the mobile services sector has created over 1.5 million jobs in the country and the Ghana Statistical Service, the telecoms industry has been a key driver of economic growth, directly accounting for 7% of investments in Ghana, 10% of government income, and 2% of GDP.

And yet Ghana’s Parliament wants to kill this golden goose by raising prices 20% in a hunt for $50 million in government revenues. This is a good way to curtail the explosion in mobile penetration and the benefits it brings. 

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