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Safaricom Ethiopia Plc Gears Up for Commercial Launch Next year

ADDIS ABABA – Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia Plc or(Safaricom Ethiopia) has today announced a countrywide staff recruitment drive and introduced its leadership team as it affirmed its commitment to investing in Ethiopia’s digital future ahead of its commercial launch.

Leading a senior delegation from the Global Partnership for Ethiopia (GPE) for a visit to Addis Ababa this week, and provided updates to the Ethiopian government officials about the company’s preparation to begin its operation in 2022.

Peter Ndegwa, CEO of Safaricom Plc, told reporters today the delegation’s visit conveyed the shareholders’ commitment to investment in Ethiopia and contributing to the achievement of the digital Ethiopia objectives.

“The Global Partnership for Ethiopia is proud to be investing in Ethiopia and thanks the Government of Ethiopia and other key partners for their support in the initial preparations for commercial launch,” he said.

“Such partnerships are the building blocks of digital transformation, and I would like to thank all our partners for their support as we work towards enabling our commercial launch and contribution to digital Ethiopia as a purpose-led technology company,” Ndegwa added.

Anwar Soussa, Managing Director of Safaricom Ethiopia, provided updates on the preparations for commercial launch.

The company, he said, has commenced recruitment of Ethiopian nationals for technology, commercial and corporate functions in various capacities ranging from executive management to graduate level opportunities.

“Our ongoing recruitment process is intentionally guided by the promise of a digital future for the people of Ethiopia,” he said.

By June next year, the company aims to build a team of 1000 employees driven by innovation and digital solutions.

“We will also offer all employees comprehensive digital training packages through our #1moreskill training program – a gateway to new skills in the digital economy,” he said.

Additionally, the company is set to recruit 450 graduates over the next three years into a global development program dubbed the ‘Discover Graduate Management Program’.

The graduates will undergo accelerated learning rotations across different functions in the business as well as extensive leadership coaching and mentorship programs.

As part of the ongoing recruitment process, the company officially introduced the 11 confirmed members of its Executive Committee (ExCo) during the press on Friday



Featured Image: Members of the Safaricom Ethiopia Executive Committee joined by Safaricom plc CEO, Peter Ndegwa and Safaricom Ethiopia Plc, MD Anwar Soussa during the press briefing where the firm announced a countrywide staff recruitment drive as it gets ready for commercial launch.
(From left) Chief Regulatory and External Affairs Officer, Matthew Harrison-Harvey, Chief Finance Officer, Stanley Njoroge, Chief Financial Services Officer, Paul Kavavu, Chief Human Resource Officer – Mokaya Mokaya, Chief Consumer Business Officer, Charles Wanjohi.