Niger proposes reinstating international calls tax

2 Oct 2018

The government of Niger is proposing to reintroduce a tax on international calls in 2019, a member of the parliament’s economic affairs committee told AFP. In November 2017 the government voted to scrap the tax on incoming international traffic (Taxe sur la Terminaison du Trafic International Entrant, TATTIE), effective 1 January 2018, in return for which the nation’s telecoms operators committed to make significant investments in improving coverage and service quality. However, the government is seeking to restore the tax, after accusing telecom companies of failing to honour commitments to improve services. Deputies will vote on whether to reintroduce TATTIE towards the end of the year.