Johannesburg – MTN Group today launched its “We’re good together” initiative.
This is aimed at demonstrating how, in partnering with our host countries, we
can change lives by improving digital access, driving financial inclusion,
empowering and enabling SMEs, creating jobs and broad community
development, among many others. As a pan African company with roots that are
deeply anchored in the continent, MTN is telling its story that doing good
business extends far beyond corporate social investment initiatives.
Speaking about the role of MTN on the continent, Group CEO and President Rob
Shuter said: “To harness the potential of Africa and ensure our youth are
productively employed we need affordable, safe and relevant digital services
which are matched with the required digital skills. This in turn will support the
global development agenda and national priorities. As one of the major
infrastructure investors across Africa, MTN through partnership and
collaboration, can accelerate this digital inclusion.”
The global telecommunications industry has made significant progress on the
Sustainable Development Goals but more still needs to be done to bridge the
digital divide and MTN is prepared to do its part. Since inception 25 years ago
MTN has been a significant contributor to the economies and communities within
which we operate. A lot of this has been with respect to the infrastructure that is
the backbone of the economies that we operate in, and often, that enables
connectivity of people in the most remote areas. Our operations have also
increasingly become a broader part of the economy through varying efforts
including employment creation as well as Mobile Money.
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“Over the last 25 years MTN has built high-speed networks covering 560 million
people, created jobs for over 5 million people and through MTN Mobile Money
connected 30 million people to the benefits of easy, cost-effective mobile
financial services across the continent,” said Shuter.
MTN has also worked to use this extensive mobile reach and technology to
enable access to education with the goal of promoting and enabling digital
teaching and learning. This has been driven by our aim to empower students with
the knowledge required to seize opportunities, improve their quality of life and
realise their ambitions.
“MTN only succeeds if Africa succeeds. Being a partner in development also
means that we have a responsibility to enable the youth to unlock economic
opportunities in every country we operate in. We have therefore enhanced our
focus on more actively demonstrating what can be achieved if we work together
to enable a shared value system and drive a prosperous Africa,” added Shuter.
About the MTN Group
Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator with a
clear vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to our 240 million
customers in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. We are inspired by our
belief that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected life. The MTN
Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share
code “MTN”. We are pursuing our BRIGHT strategy with a major focus on growth
in data, fintech and digital businesses.
Source: MTN Group