Across Africa, citizens are resisting attempts to raise tax revenue from rising mobile use

Across Africa, citizens are resisting attempts to raise tax revenue from rising mobile use
Across Africa, citizens are resisting attempts to raise tax revenue from rising mobile use
Amindeh Blaise Atabong

Earlier this week (Oct. 19) in Cameroon, president Paul Biya ordered the deferment of the collection, by digital means, of custom duties and taxes on imported phones and other electronic devices. A new automated system for the collection had been scheduled to go operational on Oct. 15. The pressure was enough to push the government to halt the tax collection system which would have undoubtedly shifted the burden of payment from the importer to the end user.