Mobile networks exempted from taxation

President Salva Kiir Mayardit has exempted mobile network providers in South Sudan from import duty tax.

The move would enable telecommunication operators to expand coverage to remote villages so as to bridge the wide digital divide in the country.

“In our desire to connect the rural community to the mobile network, the government will explore options, including tax exemption that will benefit importation of network equipment and telecommunication tools,” said Kiir.

“The tax exemption I am proposing will be done in collaboration with National Revenue Authority to ensure modalities for tax exemption are consistent with its mandate,” added President Kiir.

The President made the remarks at the launch of the country’s first national telecommunication network, “Digitel” expected to cover the ten states plus three administrative areas as well to meet the next generation’s need for ICT-driven economy

The Digitel becomes the third mobile network provider in South Sudan alongside MTN and Zain that do not cover the whole country.