Airtel plans to invest USD 100 million in its operations over the next three years and will work towards generating both direct and indirect employment opportunities within its ecosystem, says Manoj Kohli, the CEO & Joint MD, Bharti Airtel.
The Airtel boss made the statement while meeting with Paul Kagame, the President of Rwanda on Sunday 27th May.
The courtesy visit comes two months after Airtel launched operations in Rwanda, expanding Airtel’s already significant footprint on the continent. The two met to discuss the telecommunication company’s progress in the country.
During the conversation with the President, Mr. Kohli reinforced the telecom’s commitment to work with the government in supporting the knowledge-based economy.
The company will also be bringing aboard partners like IBM and Ericsson to set up and manage world class facilities in the country.
Kohli explained that Rwanda is a promising telecommunications market and we are grateful to the Government and people of Rwanda for the support extended to us since our entry into the country.
“Our strategy for Rwanda is in harmony with the government’s vision to make telecommunications a priority,” he continued. “We plan to work closely with the government to provide access to affordable telecoms products and services across the country” Kohli said.
The company’s vision for Rwanda stretches far beyond business priorities, explained Kohli. Since launching in March this year, the company has strengthened its commitment to the community by adopting a primary school in Kicukiro.
Some of the Airtel activities outside the telecom provisions will include: will be refurbishing the school to ensure that its students are educated in an environment most suitable for learning, bring its football talent search – ‘Airtel Rising Stars’ – into Rwanda. Since its opening season last year, this pan-African tournament has grown to be Africa’s largest youth football initiative.
The ‘Airtel Rising Stars’ will focus on identifying and nurturing budding soccer talent from the grassroots onto a national stage provides a platform for upcoming soccer talent under the age of seventeen to showcase their skills to leading scouts and coaches, which gives the participants an opportunity to further their football skills.
Making a long-lasting positive impact on the community remains a priority for the organization.
Airtel Africa’s parent company – Bharti Airtel – is a leading integrated telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Africa and Asia. The company is ranked as the fifth largest mobile service provider globally in terms of subscribers with over 250 million customers across its operations. In Africa, the Airtel brand is present in both Francophone and Anglophone markets spanning Burkina Faso, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.