The Ghana Community Network Services Limited is set to boost its revenue collection operations around the country following the imminent deployment of new system features. The company announced in an interaction with the media that the new features will cost some 15 million dollars and be deployed at the various entry points in the country.
The new system features will include an enhanced permit module and a new warehousing module as well as a feature that enables local banks to check the status of imports/exports which they have financed in the system.
Emmanuel Darko, Deputy Managing Director of GCNet revealed that “there will also be an interface of the Ghana Customs Management System with the Ghana Integrated Financial management Information Systems, deployed by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, to enable the ministry and the Ghana Revenue Authority have a complete picture of revenue inflows and expenditure therefrom for effective budgeting purposes.”
GCNet is also currently undertaking an e-Governance Project for the GRA and the Registrar General’s Department to automate company and TIN registration, electronic assessment and and enable the filing of income and related domestic taxes electronically.
The new system, Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, among others, have been deployed at the headquarters of the Registrar General’s Department and a few at the GRA tax offices and will be extended to a number of regional tax offices in the course of the year.
Mr Darko said that the company had also been able to deploy its “services to all customs stations and approximately 98 per cent of Customs revenue is collected through the system.”
GCNet has undertaken continuous system improvements to enable its system operate at the leading edge of technology, he said, adding that not only “are the latest ICT hardware and software deployed but there is a conscious effort for the GCNet to maintain its trailblazing role that made it deploy the first electronic tracking system in Africa for Ghana Customs.”
Executive Chairman of GCNet, Mr Nortey Omaboe, noted that the GCNet project was a clear demonstration of how effectively and efficiently public and private sectors could work in partnership for the mutual benefit of the country.
“As one of the first PPPs to be incorporated in Ghana, it has worked very well and brought remarkable results in the delivery of service,” he said and added that “as a result, GCNet is recognised as a model PPP and successful provider of e-governance services.”
Mr Omaboe said the GCNet service, through the automated system, has brought about significant changes in the manner in which trade revenue mobilisation processes were conducted.
“Change management often encounters resistance and GCNet also faces challenges in its operations,” he added.
He, therefore, called for the support of the media to disseminate the achievement of the company to enable it to overcome some of the challenges and misconceptions that GCNet encountered in the delivery of its service.