Ms. Ama Pomaa Boateng – Deputy Minister of Communications and Digitization
Deputy Minister of Communications and Digitization Ms. Ama Pomaa Boateng said the government’s efforts to transform the economy through the digitization of businesses are delivering the desired results.
She said that the implementation of information and communication technology (ICT) initiatives had led to a significant improvement in the way government agencies interacted with businesses in the country.
At a virtual forum hosted by the Ghanaian-German Economic Association (GGEA) in Accra last Wednesday, Ms Boateng said the digitization of most government agencies has led to electronic transactions, saving time and money. to create a practical environment for business.
The webinar, which was themed: ‘The Post-Coronavirus Ghana Economy: Taxes and Digitization’, created a platform for contacts from PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ministry of Communications and Digitization, and GIZ, a German development agency, to educate participants on the many advantages inherent in the country’s new tax regime, the government’s digitization program, as well as a GIZ private sector support program that is easily accessible to businesses, including especially micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
Other speakers included PricewaterhouseCoopers fiscal partner, Mr. Abeku Gyan-Quansah; GIZ’s Head of Corporate Investment, Ms. Annie-Marie Castel-Langefeld; and President of the Ghanaian-German Economic Association (GGEA), Mr. Stephen Antwi.
Transformation of the economy
Ms. Boateng said the government’s vision for the country’s economic transformation will be achieved through ICT.
“It is evident that the government, through its ingenuity and innovation, has been able to maintain a very reasonable level of economic activity despite the fact that some businesses have suffered losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. . The pandemic has brought new ways of doing business, a changed way of life and other lifestyles, including how efficient employees are, the way they communicate with our customers and the way in which the delivery of goods. products and services is greatly influenced by the use of digital tools, ”she added.
According to her, the Companies Act of 2019 now allows electronic transactions and transactions with the Office of the Registrar of Companies for the incorporation of companies, payment of fees, submission of annual returns, filing of documents and others. electronic transactions.
“Plus, individuals, businesses and organizations can now easily apply for a passport online and secure them fast enough for travel.
“Foreign investors now effortlessly apply for visas and work permits online through our electronic immigration system,” the deputy minister added.
She added, “Digitization in our ports has led to the elimination of the long hall, simplified inspection, as well as enhanced enforcement, allowing companies to easily clear their goods, lower rents, reduce the activities of intermediaries and the cost of doing business in ports.
Ms Boateng further said that the government has created a one-stop-shop, a virtual platform – Ghana.gov, for accessing and paying for various services, adding that soon all government institutions will be put on the platform. .
For his part, Mr Gyan-Quansah said the government presented a budget to parliament in March of this year which aimed to record a deficit of 9.5% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) by the end. from 2021.
He said the government intended to generate GH ¢ 72.5 billion in revenue as forecast in the 2021 budget, while expenditure and arrears were estimated at GH ¢ 113 billion.
“Of the GH ¢ 72.5 billion, we will collect around GH ¢ 55 billion through taxes that will be influenced by tax laws introduced by the government,” Gyan-Quansah added.