MADAGASCAR: MONTHLY COMPUTER SALES RISE TO 1000 AFTER TAX IS LIFTED

Computing

Before taxes were taken off, Madagascar sold 700 computers a month. This has risen to 1000 a month since the tax was removed according to a report by a local consultant at a local workshop organised by the Ministry of Telecommunications.

It was claimed that the recent investment in telecommunications infrastructure had allowed this growth in computers to take place as the cost of connecting came down. The workshop was called to look at a draft of a national ICT policy. Operators in the ICT sector - Blueline, DTS, Madacom, Orange - said that the level of taxes charged by Omert remained high and these were what were causing the high cost of communication. There will be a second workshop on 21 October to look at the final draft of the policy.

Midi Madagasikara