The Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNet) won three top awards at the8th Ghana Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards held in Accra recently.
The awards, the Digital Transformation Award and the Public Sector e-Solutions Provider of the Year award were in recognition of GCNet’s continued commitment to the provision of e-Solutions to Government and its agencies through the deployment of a Single Window platform which connects over 10,000 actors in the trade space. This is the third consecutive time GCNet has been adjudged the Public Sector e-Solutions Provider of the Year.
The Executive Chairman of GCNet also won an award as I.T Personality of the Year in the special individual category for his enormous contribution to the technology space in the country which has among others resulted in the transformation of business processes to boost competitiveness and make Ghana the preferred trading hub.
The awards also serve as a testimony of the recognition of successes chalked by GCNet in the deployment of key flagship e-applications in line with the Ghana Revenue Authority Digital Transformation Agenda and in conformity to the World Custom Organization outlook for customs operations. These applications include: the Letter of Commitment (LOC), the Single Window App, e-certificate for the Registrar-Generals Department, Online registration of Tax Identification Number, e-exemption and Total Revenue Integrated Processing Systems (tripsTM) among others.
The awards come barely three weeks after GCNet was adjudged the Trade Facilitation Company of the Year for the second consecutive time and Consultancy Service Provider of the Year at the second Ghana Shippers Awards held in Accra.
With the commencement of the implementation of the paperless review recommendations which took effect from July 1, 2018, the recognition has come at no better time than now when GCNet is leading efforts to ensure a fully paperless clearance regime as stipulated in the Ports Efficiency Reforms championed by the Vice President, Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia.
With a track record in the provision of automated services for trade facilitation and revenue mobilisation, over the years, GCNet has positioned itself as a key partner whose efforts remains unrivalled, underpinned by a culture of excellence in service delivery, innovation, integrity and professionalism.
Corporate Communications Manager of GCNet, Mrs. Aba Lokko who received the awards on behalf of the company, expressed appreication to all stakeholders whom the company has worked with over the years to make it the preferred e-solutions service provider in the trade facilitation space in the country.
She also commended management and staff for their diligent work under demanding timelines which has always ensured GCNet remained succesful in its operations and met the expectations of its business, stakeholders and social partners.
As technical partner to the Ghana Revenue Authority, GCNet continues to deploy innovative solutions towards the digitisation agenda of the Authority.
To date, GCNet has invested some $80m in the business with coverage across the nation on the back of up to date infrastructure to ensure data integrity, business continuity and security in the space in which it operates
The impact has been a significant increase in the domestic tax revenue collection processed through tripsTM of GHS 15.7 bn in 2017, representing a thirty two per cent (32%) increase over the same period in 2016 with the collection of GHS 12bn. This has been largely the result of the strategic geographical roll out of67 tax offices currently using tripsTM.
The Registrar – Generals’ Department (RGD) has witnessed significant improvements in turnaround time for business registrations, revenue and online transactions through the deployment of the e-Registrar. It generated some GHS 65.5m in 2017 through the e-Registrar portal deployed by GCNet.
Among other awards, GCNet has won include Best e-Solutions Provider for the Public Sector, Best ICT Company in Ghana, Best Digital Innovative Finance Product (Letter of Commitment – LOC) and Public Sector ICT Provider of the Year. These awards shows the confidence reposed in GCNet by our stakeholders and the general public.
GCNet as a repository of government data continues to leverage on many international certification regimes including ISO 27001 for information security management and ISO 9000 for quality management to further ensure security standards and compliance.
GCNet went through a sucessful re-certifcation of ISO 27001:2013 for its GeGov operation and ISO 9001:2015 for the TradeNet Business. The company accordingly received the ISO 27001:2013 certtifcate for itsTradeNet buiness after a successful certifiation audit. The company continues to strive for international standards in all its business operation.