Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam Plans to Reduce VAT On Cell Phones

THE government plans to reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) on mobile handsets to improve the country's communications sector and the economy.

Addressing a news conference in Dar es Salaam, the Director General of Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority (TCRA), Prof John Nkoma, said tax would also be reduced on computers.

"We are planning to reduce taxes on mobile phone handsets and computers to allow the public easily purchase them since the majority relies on their mobile phones and computers to conduct their businesses," he said.

Meanwhile, Prof Nkoma has asked TV stations that have not switched to digital broadcasting to do so as soon as possible to enable the public access their services. "It is good for stations that have not switched to digital to do so, not only to enable the public acquire the services but also to enable them do business," he said.

The government switched from analogue transmission to digital technology in Dar es Salaam, the country's business capital on December 31 last year. The process will also be done in other regions this year.

On the other hand, Prof Nkoma has asked the public to ensure their decoders are installed properly to address challenges that may occur during and after the installation of their decoders. "I urge them (public) to contact their operators to ensure their decoders are well connected to avoid unnecessary confusions and inconveniences," he noted.

The DG said poor connection of the device leads to poor or no channels at all. Prof Nkoma also hailed broadcasting media outlets that switched from analogue broadcasting to digital technology. He said the move was very important to broadcasting services and improving the country's economy.

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