Minister of Communications, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has disclosed that mobile phone users will from January 2020, be able to travel throughout the West African sub-region operating their mobile phones without any extra charges
According to her, this comes into effect two years after the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) approved the decision in 2017.
Speaking to Citi News, the Sector Minister noted that two years ago, communication ministers in West Africa agreed that extra charges with ECOWAS countries should be removed.
“Two years ago, Ministers of Communication and ICT within the West African sub-region met and agreed that the surcharge on international roaming traffic within the sub-region be removed so that travellers within the sub-region who are citizens of ECOWAS will roam like they are at home to facilitate regional integration.”
“We were given two years within which we had to make that operational. And that two years end in December 2019. So this directive comes into effect in January 2020. Ghana is one of the few countries that puts surcharge on international call so we needed to exempt intra-community traffic within the ECOWAS sub-region”, she added.
Parliament earlier in the week approved an amendment to the Electronic Communication Act to make this move possible.
The Electronic Communications (Amendment) (Act 775) (2009) is to provide a minimum rate for international incoming electronic communication traffic and for related matters.
In other news, the Ghana cedi has reportedly depreciated against the US dollar in recent times, falling by an average of 0.93 percent to the ‘greenback’ over the last four weeks.
According to Bank of Ghana (BoG) data on the movement of the currency, the cedi as at December 13, had lost almost 13 percent of its value to the US dollar compared to the same period in 2018, when it shed about 8.2 percent to the US currency.
The December 13, 2019 depreciation rate is now the highest in the last four years, although it was a few percentage points shy of the 15.7 percent depreciation recorded in the whole of 2015.
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