Telcos support calls to print scratch cards locally

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The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications has reiterated its support for the recent call by Cabinet for mobile network operators to print their scratch cards locally.

A release issued in Accra by the Chamber last Tuesday and signed by the Chief Executive of the Chamber, Mr Kwaku Sakyi-Addo, said “all the mobile network operators print their scratch cards in Ghana and they are in support of the domestic printing industry”.

The reaction comes in the wake of comments made by the sector Minister, Mr Haruna Iddrisu to the effect that Cabinet had decided to compel the network operators to print their scratch cards in the country.

The move is intended to offer local printing companies the opportunity undertake projects from multinational companies who would otherwise have gone outside the country to print their cards.

“The network operators – Airtel, Expresso, MTN, Tigo, Vodafone – they all, as a matter of fact, print their scratch cards in Ghana; it’s part of a commitment to help strengthen the domestic printing industry and indeed local businesses as a whole. Therefore the operators and the government are in accord; we’re aligned on this matter,” the release added.

It said mobile network operators launched the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications last year as a private initiative by the mobile network companies, to enable them make collective inputs into the telecommunication policy, legislation and regulation. 

The release said the telecommunication sector employs more than 1.5 million people and has invested over US$5.6 billion into the Ghanaian economy. 

It added that “close to 40 per cent of their revenues go to the government in the form of taxes”.

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