Government of Ghana urged to make smartphones cheaper

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The Legal and External Affairs Director of Vodafone Ghana, Ms Geta Striggner-Quartey, has urged the government to work out a plan to make smart mobile phone devices cheaper on the market to enable more people to have access to them.

“The government can collaborate with smart-phone manufacturers and operators to make more smart phones reach nearly every adult. Additionally, government can drive usage and adoption by waiving VAT on mobile devices,” she said.

Ms Striggner-Quartey made the call when she spoke at the second edition of the Telecoms Chamber’s Mobile Technology for Development (MT4D) programme last Friday.

She also called on the government to consider bringing down the cost of owning a mobile device in the country.

Speaking on the theme, ‘The Rise of Africa: Promoting Africa’s Sustainable Digital Ecosystem,’ she said innovative technology solution and partnerships played a key role in cushioning the human impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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