Ghana Gov’t set to tax Whatsapp, Facebook Calls and more – Minister

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The Minister of Communications and Digitization, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has announced governments decision to generate revenue from calls made on social media platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp and more.

According to her, the decision was taken in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

The Minister made this statement while addressing the Mobile Technology for Development (MT4D). She hinted that stakeholders in the telecommunication sector, especially Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), will be engaged on how government can shore-up its revenue by taxing OTT.

“Currently, government is losing huge revenues from the MNOs to OTT digital service providers as traditional sources of telecoms revenue like voice declines. It is important that we have a frank, open dialogue on this, and explore other sources of revenue within the digital services space to improve government domestic revenue mobilization,” Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful said.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful added that the increased adoption of technology in various sectors of the economy is excellent, but it also comes with risks such as financial fraud, data breaches, identity theft and cybercrimes which must be addressed to protect people and systems.

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