The Mobile Phones & Accessories Dealers Association (MPADA) launched its 10th anniversary in Accra.
The anniversary is themed: “Ten years of enhancing communications through mobile phones, accessories and computers.”
Assembly members from Kwame Nkrumah’s constituency marched through Tip Toe Corridor with drums and dancing to set the tone for the ceremony.
In the past 10 years, MPADA has had a lot of successes including convincing the government to reduce the import tax on cell phones and accessories from 20 percent to 10 percent which has made the purchase and use of cell phones, accessories and computers more affordable.
Speaking at the launch event, the President of the Association of Mobile Phones and Accessories Dealers, Joseph Osei Agyemang, expressed his happiness with this milestone achieved in 10 years.
According to him, they contribute their share to the national development by promoting easy communication by providing affordable mobile phones, accessories and computers.
Despite these feats, Mr Agyemang said the influx of foreigners into the retail trade has ripped through the flesh of Ghanaian mobile phone dealers.
Again, he cited the depreciation of the cedi against the dollar as another challenge affecting the mobile industry.
Besides the loss of capital, Mr Agyemang said the depreciation of the cedi led to soaring inflation in goods and services that made it impossible for members to import.
“Purchases of mobile phones, accessories and computers have dropped dramatically making it difficult to feed our families and loved ones,” he lamented.
Mr. Agyemang urgently appealed to the government to implement some austerity measures to save the industry from total collapse.
He added, “MPADA is appealing to the government to take measures to reduce these challenges to enhance our business to generate more revenues for the development of our beloved country.”
10 activitiesThe tenth Anniversaries include: a health check, exercise and football match, donation to the children’s home, and a dinner to culminate the occasion.
The umbrella body established in 2012 regulates dealers, agents, distributors and all players in the mobile phone industry in Ghana.
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