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CST cut from 9% to 5% takes effect today, Sept. 15

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The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has announced that the four per cent reduction in the Communication Service Tax (CST) takes effect from Tuesday, 15 September 2020.

The cut is part of measures by the government to cushion Ghanaians from the hardship of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, the Chamber said it “wishes to notify mobile subscribers and the general public that, its members (mobile network operators) will adjust tariffs to reflect the 4% reduction in Communications Service Tax by Tuesday 15th of September 2020.

“The modifications will represent 5% CST charge and would be applied through a tariff adjustment on the products and services of our members, in accordance with the the passage of the Communication Services Tax (amendment) Act, 2020 (Act 1025).”

The Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber, Dr. Ing. Edem Ashigbey has said “The tariff adjustment program means when our customers pay the same price they would enjoy more, which is in line with the Government’s measures in alleviating cost burden on citizens in the
wake of the global pandemic.”

The statement continued that: “The smooth reconfiguration of service providers’ systems to accommodate the commercial and technical requirements, is a testament of the effective dialogue and stakeholder engagements led by the Finance Ministry as well as our supervising Ministry and agencies.

“Mobile Network Operators will notify their customers on the completion of the modification exercise and provide further transparency on the adjusted tariffs of their products and services while offering other relevant information post usage of these services.

“The mobile industry remains committed to the socio-economic development of Ghana and that remains our sole object and focus in driving and supporting Ghana’s digitization agenda.”

 

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