#SaveOurData: Increased CST tax cause of data hike – ABA Fuseini



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Minority spokesperson on communication, ABA Fuseini, has attributed the recent hike in data to the increase of Communication Service Tax (CST) by 9%.

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Attah government’s decision to increase the Communication Service Tax (CST) by 9%.

According to the Minister the increase will help develop the foundation for the creation of a viable technology ecosystem in the country.

The Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta said this while presenting the mid-year budget review and supplementary estimates in Parliament in accordance with Section (28) of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921).

The Communication Service Tax (CST) was introduced in 2008 at an ad valorem rate of six percent.

The tax is levied on charges payable by consumers for the use of communication services.

This, he said, will comprise amongst others putting in systems to identify and combat cybercrime, protect users of information technology and combat money laundering and other financial crimes.

“Government proposes to increase the tax to 9% to develop the foundation for the creation of a viable technology ecosystem in the country,” he said.

The hike in data has generated an operation #SaveOurData campaign on social media which has resulted in an impending walk to express anxiety.

Speaking to Ekourba Gyasi on Atinka AM Drive, Minority spokesperson on communication, ABA Fuseini, explained that when the CST was pegged at 6%, the telcos did not pass it on to the consumers.

He noted that the Telcos are business owners and sometimes government need to consult them when such policies are been implemented.

He however confirmed that the Telcos have been summed to meet the Communications Committee of Parliament.

Convener for #SaveOurData campaign and popular Sports Journalist, Saddick Adams, who also spoke to Ekourba Gyasi on the issue has called on the government to look at working with the Telcos to reduce drastically data prices in Ghana.

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