Taxing Ghana’s Internet can slow development – Nii Narku Quaynor
Ghana Internet Service Providers Association (GISPA) which is the body of all internet service providers in Ghana just held its maiden edition of the Ghana Internet Conference at the Kofi Annan Centre Of Excellence In ICT, Accra and a Professor of Computer Science at the University Of Cape Coast, Professor Nii Narku Quaynor, urged the government to give a second thought on taxing the internet as it can slow development.
The government must rather focus on placing a tax on internet sales rather than the connectivity aspect. The professor said to ensure progress in the internet space, the government and the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) must own an information society and to develop local content.
He said “We need to feel that this is ours and we are determining the policies through collaborating with other stakeholders to improve our peace in the internet space.’’
He also urged the Service Providers to also focus on users and consumers more rather than focusing solely on connectivity and also insist for a policy to be established which will understand kind of standard needed to support the sectors to enable them to thrive in the internet space.
The president of Ghana Internet Service Provider Association (GISP), Mr. Richard Densu also made it known that the internet gives a vast number of opportunities to do a lot of things such as business promotions and socialization as a whole and urged the industry players to unite and bring out the best available services for customers for satisfaction. He also made it known that taxes on the internet were too much and suggested for it to be reduced to help develop the local content and to maintain traffic.
The Chief Executive Officer of Ghana Chamber Of Telecommunications also gave some accolades on how Ghana has made a lot of progress on internet penetration and has moved ahead with time. He added that the country needs to put in more effort on the internet demand in some rural areas for bigger coverage which will help expand the internet space leading to a cheaper cost of development.
The Head, Customer Fixed Business, Vodafone Ghana, Mr George Abban also called for collaboration and neutralization of Internet license and methods needed to improve internet across should be met.
A Regulatory Administrator, National Communication Authority, Mr Alfred Gaisie also gave an assurance on how the leaders were working to grow the internet and provide minimum charges for customers to make it beneficial to the consumer. He added, ‘’ We expect the industry to grow and enable content services to be hosted in Ghana to reduce cost.’’