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MTN Group meets African leaders to boost digital transformation

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MTN Group is reinforcing its commitment to accelerating digital transformation across Africa, with Group Chairman Mcebisi Jonas and President & CEO Ralph Mupita engaging with national leaders during the annual Africa CEO Forum in Kigali, Rwanda, last week.

"Discussions with national leaders centred on topics that support the national development goals of our host nations and Africa as a whole," Jonas stated. He highlighted key areas such as regulatory and policy harmonization, investment in digital infrastructure, broadband access, and skills development.

MTN is advocating for streamlined regulations and policies to encourage increased investment in digital infrastructure, which is crucial for accelerating the continent’s economic development. The company is collaborating with partners to ensure Africa has the quality broadband access necessary for a thriving digital economy. Additionally, MTN supports skilling and re-skilling initiatives across Africa to meet the demands of the digital age.

“These initiatives are crucial to foster an environment conducive to innovation, economic growth, and sustainable development across Africa,” Mupita noted, emphasizing their alignment with MTN’s strategic intent of "leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress."

Among the leaders MTN Group’s leadership met were Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Kenyan President William Ruto, and Côte d’Ivoire’s Prime Minister Robert Beugré Mambé.

"Digitalization and the Fourth Industrial Revolution are changing Africa’s prospects," Jonas remarked. However, he added that this transformation requires steps such as strengthening governance, sustaining policy reforms, investing in infrastructure and skills, and navigating geopolitics.

"We should have a special focus on entrepreneurship and innovation to shift towards higher productivity growth," Jonas continued. He also underscored the importance of partnerships and transparent rules to protect them.

MTN Group subsidiary MTN Côte d’Ivoire leads the market in the West African country with 16.2 million subscribers, and MTN Rwanda leads in Rwanda with 7.4 million subscribers. Although MTN Group does not operate GSM services in Kenya, its wholesale fibre business, Bayobab, and an MTN internet service provider are present in the country. MTN Group operates in 17 African countries and is committed to extending digital inclusion in line with UN goals for universal broadband access.

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