Mobile phone dealers want the government to reduce the cost of clearing smartphones at the ports to at least two percent.
The operators say currently their devices are brought into the country at a charge above ten percent.
They argue that a reduction of at least between two and three percent will boost their business on the Ghanaian market.
“If clearing cost can be reduced that will help drastically in reducing the cost of these mobile devices. If they can reduce it to maybe two percent or three percent that will be favorable, so we can bring these devices at a fantastic cost” Managing Director of TD Mobile, Gozy Ijogun said.
She adds that the cost is very high as compared to other African countries which hinder their growth in the Ghanaian market.
“I won’t say it’s a bit high because it is very high in comparison to other African countries” she clarified.
Gozy Ijogun is certain a reduction in clearance at the ports will also enable them reduce cost of smartphones to afford more people the luxury to own the device.
“So it is something we hope the Ghana government will look into because at the end of the day, we all want to build the economy together” she emphasized. She also called on Telco’s to support the initiative to boost patronage in the country.
“We also need the help of the Telcos to provide some exciting data offers to these partners. This will drive more consumers to purchase these devices” she added.
She spoke to Citi Business News on the sidelines of the official launch of TD Mobile as sole distributor of Nokia in Ghana.
With the official launch of TD Mobile in the Ghanaian capital, expectations are rife of an astronomical rise in smartphone penetration which currently hovers around 21% in Ghana.
With its wide reach and presence in major cities and other West African capitals, TD Mobile possesses the latent capacity to take every brand on its stable everywhere in the hinterlands and to every action station in any metropolis.
TD Mobile has also carried on the legacy of its parent company by distributing products sourced directly from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).
The device has grown rapidly from a position of strength to become a by-word for reliability in the West African mobile devices market.