Subah Engages With MPs

Mr. Birendra Sasmal talking to journalists
Management of Subah Infosolutions Ghana Limited, a wholly Ghanaian owned ICT and telecom solutions provider, yesterday interacted with members of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Communications to give an overview of the operations of the company over the years.

The meeting with the MPs was part of the committee’s periodic dialogue with players in the sub-sector.

Managing Director of Subah Infosolutions, Birendra Sasmal, said Subah’s operations over the last four years had helped increase Value Added Tax (VAT) collection from GH¢25 million annually on average to about GH¢60 million cumulatively, amounting to GH¢3 billion over the years. He added that Subah had been able to ensure the saving of $70 million annually for the state in its fight against SIM box fraud.

Mr Birendra Sasmal indicated that a number of African countries – Kenya, The Gambia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Congo DR and Lesotho – had expressed interest in the services of the company.

General Manager, Business Development and Projects, Redeemer Kwame, disclosed that the company had since 2009 when it was incorporated and registered under the Jospong Group of Companies, been able to provide direct employment to 200 Ghanaians as well as 2,500 indirect jobs.

According to Redeemer Kwame, Subah had since 2009 had a strong growth history, tackling key initiatives and improving operational efficiency of its clients through the provision of telecom support services, data centre provision services, revenue assurance for banks and revenue assurance and tax monitory system.

He said, “Subah’s SIM fraud operations save the Government of Ghana and the telcos $10 million a month.”

Continuing, Mr Kwame indicated, “We will continuously harness the resources and skills we have to drive value for our clients, shareholders in Ghana and the rest of Africa.”

Aside revenue monitoring, Subah, he said, has introduced document digitisation as an alternative way of safe-keeping important documents.

He noted that Subah had over the years aimed to provide cost-effective solutions through a wide channel of reputed partners supported locally by experienced and skilled staff.

“Subah Infosolutions has implemented a rigorous monitoring and audit system that has enabled authorities to accelerate their tax collection,” he revealed.

According to Mr Kwame, his outfit has been contracted by the Government of Guinea to do a similar exercise.

Subah, he noted, would through the contract, provide SIM box fraud monitoring via the switch-on system.

He indicated that the company envisaged bridging the gap between mobile money and money transfer through the Subah money e-platform.

The MP for Anyaa/Sowutum and member of the Committee, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, speaking at the meeting, urged Subah to step up its corporate social responsibility initiatives, saying training just 600 school children was not sufficient.

BY Melvin Tarlue

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