President Commissions Revenue Assurance and Traffic Monitoring Centre

Accra, Oct. 22, GNA – President Nana Addo
Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday commissioned the National Communications
Authority’s (NCA) Computer Emergency Response Team (NCA-CERT), and the Revenue
Assurance and Traffic Monitoring Centre, a move critical to government‘s
  agenda to digitise the country.

The NCA-CERT is a function of the Authority
charged to protect the NCA and stakeholders within the telecommunications
sector from cyber security incidents, whilst the Revenue Assurance and Traffic
Monitoring Centre, is an integrated single platform for the regulatory, fiscal
and financial oversight of the telecommunications industry.

Both facilities, situated in the NCA’s Airport
City office, would provide the NCA and government an independent overarching
view of telecommunications data, in order to deepen the transparency,
verification and validation of telecommunications data, as well as aid in revenue
verification and fraud management and cyber security.

President described the two projects as
“essential building blocks for the realisation of Government’s vision of a
digitised Ghana.

“They represent key milestones in our nation’s
journey towards becoming well-resourced, self-reliant, and efficient and
secure, within the context of cyberspace, telecommunications traffic
management, and revenue assurance,” he added.

President Akufo-Addo noted that with
Government having spent the last 21 months implementing a number of initiatives
aimed at driving the country’s digitisation agenda, “it is critical that we
deploy the appropriate instruments to secure our nation, our people, our
businesses, and our way of life.”

Thus, he commended the National Communications
Authority and the Ghana Revenue Authority for taking steps to guarantee the
revenues of government, and, also, ensure that regulators and telecommunication
operators worked together to realise that objective.

The President indicated that with the execution
of both projects, there ought to be the transfer of knowledge to enhance
learning and the acquisition of skills by Ghanaians to man those critical
facilities.

As Co-Chair of the 2030 United Nations
Advocates Group of Eminent Personalities for the Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs), he indicated that these two projects fit directly into the SDGs.

“The creation of a state of the art,
well-resourced cyber security response centre, such as the NCA-CERT, is key to
attaining some of these goals. We have committed ourselves to building a
resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialisation and foster
innovation so we can attain Goal No. 9, which ‘addresses three important
aspects of sustainable development: infrastructure, industrialisation and innovation’,”
the President added.

He, thus, urged other critical sectors of the
economy, especially the energy, transport and utility sectors, to collaborate
with the National Cyber Security Centre to develop their computer emergency
response units and deal with any eventuality which may occur.

“As we commission these two essential
facilities, I am charging the Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue
Authority, through the Minister of Finance, to continue to develop and roll out
new and innovative ways to broaden Ghana’s tax net,“ President Akufo-Addo
indicated”.

Communication Minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful
noting that one of the Main cyber threats facing the global digital ecosystem
was the threat to critical national Information Structures, said the survival
of a nation in the digitalised economy was largely dependent on the ability to
secure and protect critical databases, applications and systems that run
government machinery, the financial sector and the telecommunications and IT
industry.

However, the ability to protect national
databases was dependent on the provision of shared information which would lead
to shared responses that would enable all stakeholders to protect themselves
from attacks in the cyber space.

On the Common Platform, which is for revenue
assurance and monitoring, the Communications Minister said government was
interested in how the services impacted on tax revenue due to the state and
urged the telecommunications service providers to furnish the NCA with the
requisite information within 48 hours or face sanctions prescribed by the law.

GNA

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