Magazine article New African

Making Ghana a Destination of Choice for Business: An Ambitious E-Ghana Project Aims to Make Ghana a Destination of Choice for Business by Creating an Enabling Environment Necessary for the Growth of the ICT Sector and Supporting Local ICT Businesses and IT-Enabled Services. Sam Ohene Reports

Magazine article New African

Making Ghana a Destination of Choice for Business: An Ambitious E-Ghana Project Aims to Make Ghana a Destination of Choice for Business by Creating an Enabling Environment Necessary for the Growth of the ICT Sector and Supporting Local ICT Businesses and IT-Enabled Services. Sam Ohene Reports

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Ghana's e-Government Project was initiated with the support of the World Bank, as part of a wider e-Ghana Project. It is conceptualised as a public-private partnership to design, finance, build, operate and transfer an e-government application for use by institutions such as the Ghana Revenues Authority (GRA), the Registrar General's Department (RGD) and the National Information Technology Agency.

The government wants the project to modernise and automate the operations of the GRA and the RGD as well as provide a technical platform to support the provision of a citizen-friendly service.

The GRA system is expected to deliver enhanced revenue collection above the annual average of 19.65%. This should transform tax administration and business registration processes in the country, adding value to service delivery.

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The project will cost $60m and be spread over five years. It will be financed through a combination of a World Bank loan and a Special Repayment Escrow Account. GCNET (or Ghana Community Network Services Limited, which operates an electronic system for processing trade and customs documents in the country) won the bid as the private partner. The project manager is Paul Kwakyi, the IT director at the GRA headquarters in Accra.

Last July, the World Bank approved the provision of $44.7m from the International Development Association to the government of Ghana as additional funding for the e-Ghana Project. …

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