The Ghana Internet Services ProvidersAssociation (GISPA) has re-elected Mr. Ernest Brown as its President.
Mr. Ernest Brown was re-elected at the association’s general meeting held at the Coconut Grove Regency Hotel last Thursday, November 21. At the same event, Mr. Alexander Sulzberger was also re-elected as a member to the GISPA board. Three new members; Richard Densu of MTN, George Gabla of Internet Solutions Ltd and Emmanuel Adjei of Airtel were also elected to the board.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Brown renewed his desire to continue to work to improve the outlook of the association by putting in place a restructuring exercise to make it more vibrant and improve its advocacy for the consumer. He also said the new board will embark on a yearly publication of internet statistics to determine the actual contribution of its members to economy of Ghana.
Mr. Brown further cautioned that the new increases in Value Added Tax (VAT) rates had the tendency of increasing prices of internet services in the country. He therefore urged the government to consider giving tax rebates to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to make up for the VAT increases.
The Ghana Internet Services Providers Association (GISPA, www.gispa.org.gh), is a professional, non-profit trade association representing the interests of local ISPs and other internet providers. The strength of the association rests on its ability to be truly representative of the Ghanaian internet industry as a whole. GISPA currently has twenty (24) members.