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Ghana Gears up for Interactive Governance

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The GeGov Platform, a Public-Private Partnership Project to deliver a new electronic system for the Registrar-General's Department (RGD) and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), will start operating at pilot sites next month.

GeGov is a partnership between the Ghana Community Network Services Ltd (GCNet) and the Government of Ghana to automate business registration and tax administration. The government is represented on the project supported and partly funded by the World Bank, by the Ministry of Communications, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Registrar-General's Department (RGD) and the National Information Technology Agency (NITA).

According to the GCNet/GeGov Project Office, the system would be launched at selected GRA/RGD pilot sites, with the first phase going live in September 2011 for the taxpayer registration and the Registrar General's Department, as well as the shared services.

GCNet has been mandated to design, finance, build, operate and transfer an eGovernment System to include new applications for both the RGD and the GRA, with the aim of modernising key ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs), computerising business registration, enhancing revenue mobilisation and providing a citizen-friendly service. The solution has three major components: Total Revenue Integrated Processing System (TRIPS) for Tax Identification Number (TIN) and domestic tax processing; the GeReg for business registration, civil marriages and administration of estates, as well as the Shared Services accessible online, enhancing reporting, communications and payments.

The Project is expected to improve the ease of doing business including: online business registration, online filling of Tax Returns and Payments, integration of Direct and Indirect Tax processes and other Online Shared Services. The system will support the development of Ghana through enhanced transparency and improved accountability due to integration with the new GIFMIS Financial Management Application at the Controller & Accountant General's Department and the effective mobilisation of revenue. A major component of the project is the issuance of new Tax Identification Numbers (TINs) which will be used as a common identifier for all taxpayers, as well as facilitating the way in which RGD and GRA share information. Starting with some selected sites for the pilot, the rollout is expected to cover 122 offices throughout the country within four years.

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