Ghana's Communications Minister, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful

Communications and Digitization Minister-Designate, Ursula Owusu-Ekuful has disclosed that the Common Monitoring Platform (CMP) operated by Kelni GVG within the country’s telecom space will soon be upgraded.

According to her the platform which currently provides real-time monitoring of 2.5 billion transactions per day within the telecoms sector comprising calls, SMS activity, and mobile money transactions will be expected to work effectively and provide other digital services following its upgrade.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful who made this known during her vetting by the Parliamentary Vetting Committee in Accra said upon approval from the National Communications Authority (NCA), the platform will be upgraded for the benefit of all stakeholders.

She informed the committee that although the CMP is operated by Kelni GVG, its daily supervision and management is done by the industry regulator, the NCA together with the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).

“The NCA and the GRA are ultimately expected to manage the platform to their own regulatory purposes and to assist them to also perform their obligation under the (Communication Service Tax),” she said.

Built and operated by Kelni GVG since 2018 at the cost of USD 89 million, the Common Monitoring Platform (CMP) officially launched by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo was to provide an objective means of verifying the information provided by the telecom operators for tax revenues purposes in accordance with the law.

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