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Finance Minister Wades into Kelni GVG saga

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The Finance Minister has waded into the $89 million revenue monitoring contract awarded to Kelni GVG, urging stakeholders to find cures to the issues without getting political.

Speaking at the launch of the MTN share offer on Tuesday, Ken Ofori Atta said whatever issues there are with the Kelni GVG contract, the country will be served best if stakeholders resolve the matter, adding that the issue of “monitoring is important” in the country’s drive to raise more revenue for the nation’s development.

He said “Recently also there is a whole lot of noise about some platform services that are going on. And people have also brought up the issue of data and data protection. These are all issues we can find cures to without getting political.

While admonishing the telcos to find solutions to data protection quandary, he was quick to observe that monitoring of revenue is non-negotiable.

“The issue of monitoring is important. This is not the first place that is going to be done. We should marshal ourselves as a people in a certain direction to make sure that the nation moves ahead,” he said.

Government has been under intense pressure for signing what IMANI and other critics say is a needless and overpriced contract for revenue monitoring assurance in the telcos.

The $89 million contract with Kelni GVG, which was signed in December 2017 was for the IT company to provide four services including mobile money monitoring services, real time revenue monitoring assurances in the telcos.

The signing of the GVG contract led to the abrogation of a similar contract with SUBAH who was appointed in 2010 to also provide revenue assurance monitoring.

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