Committed to accelerating digital transformation, MTN Group meets with African leaders

To reinforce MTN’s commitment to accelerating digital transformation across the African continent, MTN Group Chairman Mcebisi Jonas and Chairman and CEO Ralph Mupita spoke with leaders from various countries on the sidelines of the annual Directors’ Forum Africa executives in Kigali, Rwanda, last week.

“Conversations with national leaders focused on those issues that support the national development objectives of our host nations and Africa as a whole.” Jonas said, adding that these included regulatory and policy harmonization; investment in digital infrastructure; broadband access; and skills development.

MTN urges governments to streamline regulations and policies to support the increased investment in digital infrastructure needed to accelerate the continent’s economic development.

Africa’s largest digital operator is also working with partners to ensure the continent has the quality broadband access needed to enable a thriving digital economy. We also support the training and reskilling of people across Africa to meet the demands of the digital age.

“These initiatives are crucial to fostering an enabling environment for innovation, economic growth and sustainable development across Africa.” Mupita said, adding that they also align with MTN’s strategic intent to “lead digital solutions for Africa’s progress.”

Among the leaders the MTN Group leadership duo met with were the President of Rwanda, HE Paul Kagame, the President of Kenya, HE William Ruto and the Prime Minister of Côte d’Ivoire, HE Robert Beugré Mambé.

“Digitalization and the Fourth Industrial Revolution are changing Africa’s prospects.” Jonas said, adding that this provided the continent takes a series of measures, including strengthening governance, sustaining political reforms, investing in infrastructure and skills, and navigating geopolitics.

“We should pay special attention to entrepreneurship and innovation to move towards higher productivity growth,” he said. Partnerships, clear rules and transparency were also essential to protect them.

MTN Côte d’Ivoire, a subsidiary of the MTN group, is the market leader in the West African country, with 16.2 million subscribers. MTN Rwanda also leads the market, with 7.4 million subscribers. Although MTN Group does not have a GSM operation in Kenya, MTN’s wholesale fiber business, Bayobab, operates in the East African country, where it also operates an MTN internet service provider business. MTN Group has mobile operations in 17 countries in Africa and is working to expand digital inclusion in line with the UN goals for universal broadband access.