News Update - Telecoms and ICT in Africa - Issue No 1070 on 4 March 2022

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DRC removes tax element from mobile device registry – Is the tide turning on Africa’s growing number of mobile and internet taxes?

4 March 2022

For the longest time, African Governments have seen the communications sector as the ‘golden goose’ for tax revenues. These taxes seemed to sprout up like weeds in every part of the value chain, whether it was social media or mobile money. For the growing population of ‘digital natives’, these financial burdens were the equivalent of a tax on life. Russell Southwood looks at whether the tide might be turning and why lowering taxes would be good for new economic growth. On Tuesday the Democratic Republic of Congo removed the tax it had been levying on mobile device registry after a…