We are ready to implement E-Levy on May 1

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Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Rev Dr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah

Dr. Owusu-Amoah says the system to implement E-Levy is ready

E-Levy Collection System Successfully Tested – Dr. Owusu-Amoah

Government not ready to implement E-Levy by May 1 – Sam George

The Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Reverend Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, insisted that the authority has put in place all necessary measures to ensure that the implementation of the E- Levy starts on May 1, 2022, contrary to media claims.

In a JoyNews interview followed by GhanaWeb, Dr. Owusu-Amoah said that all the technologies needed to ensure the successful implementation of E-Levy (Electrotonic Transfer Levy) have been acquired.

He added that the only thing left to do is for mobile money issuers (MMI) and electronic money issuer (EMI), which includes telecommunications companies (Telcos) and banks, to integrate into the system.

“…this system is already available and the interface of the application program of the time, namely the APIs, have also been made available. We have had several engagements with the various stakeholders regarding what we call billing entities (EMIs, banks, telecom operators) who will bill the money and transfer the money to the consolidated fund through the Ghana.gov platform.And so what the entities will have to do is s ensure that they have taken the necessary protocols and that they will be able to interface with the system.

“The system is available, the API is available, an end-to-end test has been successfully completed with a number of transactions that have passed without any failures. We therefore believe that it is the responsibility of the entities to billing to proceed with the integration,” he said.

The Commissioner-General explained that the system for implementing the levy is a common platform and was designed to identify transactions that need to be charged.

“Currently, the team has camped in a particular location where anyone who has a challenge with regards to the integration done is also working with them,” he added.

Meanwhile, Ningo-Prampram MP Sam Nartey George has indicated that the government is not ready to implement the Electronic Transfer Levy (E-Levy) before the May 1, 2022 deadline.

The MP added that “the system architecture is still not complete and has not been handed over to industry players (MNOS and EMIS) less than ten days before the start of [the] project. No stress test has been performed on the planned system to verify (the) robustness of the infrastructure to be used.”

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