The Ghana Community Network Services Limited (GCNet) has been adjudged the Public Sector e-Solutions Provider of the Year at the 9th Ghana Information Technology and Telecomms Awards (GITTA) held in Accra. On the night, GCNet was also adjudged the I.T. Support Company of the Year for the second time in the history of the awards.
Since 2016, GCNet has repeatedly won the coveted Public Sector e-Solutions Provider of the Year Award. As the technical partner to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), the Registrar-General’s Department (RGD) and other government Agencies and Ministries, (MDAs), GCNet has remained the foremost Public Sector e-Solutions provider for the past 17 years to government, its agencies and other players in the trade facilitation and business registration space.
Speaking at the 9th Ghana Information Technology & Telecom Awards (GITTA), Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia lauded GCNet and other technology companies for their pivotal roles in government’s digitisation agenda, and which have contributed to successful rollout of several flagship programmes.
Citing the Paperless Ports Reforms, Dr. Bawumia acknowledged GCNet and other stakeholders for their contribution toward the project’s successful implementation.
Since inception, GCNet has continued to play a major role in Ghana’s digital economy with the deployment of e-solutions – such as the Smart end to end e-Clearance system, e-Tax and e-Registration systems among others. These initiatives have directly impacted on overall service delivery of the public sector to meet the citizenry’s needs.
The enhancement in deployment of the Single Window platform for public sector entities is supported by introduction of the Ghana Single Window Mobile App to facilitate access to trade-related data.
GCNet has also deployed the e-Registrar portal, which allows online business registration with the issuance of an electronic Certificate, e-shop and e-payment platforms. The e-certificate and e-payment functions on the e-Registrar portal are supported by a number of services online – including the e-Shop, which allows company searches, reservation of company names and the booking of marriage ceremonies among others.
The state-of-the-art end to end business registration system (e-Registrar platform) is linked to the Total Revenue Integrated Processing System (TRIPS), the domestic tax platform that integrates with the Customs platform; and also the expenditure monitoring platform of the Ministry of Finance, known as GIFMIS.
Commenting on the milestone, Communications Manager Mrs. Aba Lokko observed: “The continued automation of processes for the Ghana Revenue Authority (Customs Division and Domestic Tax Revenue Division – GCMS, tripsTM), the Registrar-Generals’ Department (e-Registrar), the Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs – e-MDA portal), Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority, Bank of Ghana (LOC) among others, has ensured tremendous improvement in service delivery and turn-around time. These have impacted positively on the cost of doing business, improved competitiveness of the business environment, and enhanced revenue for national development”.
She continued: “There is a significant reduction in the time it takes to register businesses and companies; i.e. reduced turnaround time for the business registration process in Ghana is making it easy for clients to register online and be able to print their Certificates (Electronic Certificate feature), Forms and Profiles from the comfort of their homes and offices, or wherever they may be during online registration.
“The new online system allows for end to end transactions at the RGD, which has deepened the paperless regime to improve the ease of doing business in Ghana and enhanced the country’s business competitiveness.
Currently, GCNet is leading the initiative to reposition Ghana into being the best business destination in Africa and the world, with the integration of four key processes of relevant regulatory institutions in the business registration chain.
GCNet remains committed to partnering the government of Ghana in pursuing its strong resolve to promote innovation in Information Technology so it can contribute in transforming the country’s economy.