Consumers to enjoy data, call cost reduction from September 15 – Telecoms Chamber

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Effective September 15, 2020 all mobile phone users are expected to enjoy a reduction in the cost of their calls and data charges.

This follows the decision by government to review the Communications Service Tax from 9% to 5% during the midyear budget review.

The Finance Minister, who made the pronouncement during the midyear budget review, suggested it is part of efforts by government to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on businesses and households.

Detailing how the reduction will take effect in an interview with ABC News, Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, Kenneth Ashigbey said the “Right from the 15th of September when you buy your 10 Cedis, either you see that the tariff has dropped or the amount that you get with that has definitely gone up.”

Expressing the sentiments of the member institutions, Ken Ashigbey lauded government for the initiative.

He noted that reduction in CST is one of the recommendations that emerged after a survey to determine the impact of COVID-19 and the interventions needed to get businesses to sustain their operations and economy to stand firm.

“We want to commend government, we think it is a laudable thing that government has done by reducing CST because CST is a consumer tax so the incidence is on the consumer, so with what has been done we have agreed with government, it is starting on the 15th of September,” he stated in the interview.

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SourceABC News

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