Ghanaian actor and businessman John Dumelo has asked African leaders to reduce or completely eliminate import taxes on mobile phones and other communication devices.
Mr Dumelo made this plea when he addressed Students of the Harvard business School in Boston, USA on Saturday.
"Completely reducing or eliminating import taxes on mobile phones makes the device more affordable to the ordinary African thus making dissemination of information easier and that adversely affects positive development across the continent" he added.
He also said more mobile phone assembling and manufacturing plants should be built across the continent, this, he said, will create employment and boost African economies.
His talk, at the The 16th annual African Business club Forum at Harvard, was under the theme: " The power of mobile technology and media in changing the mindsets of Africans".
Other panelist were the General Manager of Safaricom in Kenya Sylvia Mulinge, and TV host and Entrepreneur, Julie Gichuru.
In all over 1200 participants from across over the world attended the event.