The Mobile phone and Accessories Dealers in the Greater Accra Region, has appealed to the Government of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), to as a matter urgency cancel the implementation of the twenty three percent (23 %) tariff, imposed on mobile phones and its accessories.
Mr Joseph Osei Agyemang, the leader of the group said, the twenty three percent tariff and all other taxes, which in all comes to forty percent and over is detrimental to the growth of the communication industry.
He said, as a matter of facts the Association, has made a lot of efforts towards the withdrawal of the taxes, but nothing has been heard from government, hence the press conference as a reminder.
“We have also met the Minister of Trade and Industry, the Minister in charge of Communications, National Communication Authority (NCA) and all stakeholders in the industry.
He said all these, has come to not, because it was an Act of Parliament, even though the association has not relented on its ores by petitioning the government through the Ministry of Finance to reconsider the redrawal of the tariff.
Mr Agyemang, joined by his colleagues dealers, clad in red arm bands at a press conference said, barely one year ago, dealers were slapped with forty three percent duty components tax on the products.
He said, the government through the 2013/2014 budget statement, introduced the twenty three percent import tariff on mobile phones, with its attendant taxes making it 43 percent.
He said, the Association’s petition forwarded to the government stated the outcome of the policy on the economy, as well as the importation of sub- standards goods into the system, thereby boosting illicit trade in the product.
He said, the tariff coupled with foreigners engaged in petty trading, has led to most of the Association’s members having their business, gradually grounding to a halt, because the situation has gone out of hand.
He said, the policy does not have the potential of delivering on the ‘Better Ghana Agenda’ of the Government.
He appealed to the Ministry of Finance, to consider using the local currency in determining the tax components payable at the various entry points in the country.
He was hopeful that the government, led by President John Dramani Mahama, would swiftly act on the petition and save their livelihood.