Selorm Adadevoh, Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, has reiterated the Company’s commitment to supporting Ghana’s quest to build a digital economy by investing in technology infrastructure.
He was speaking during an anniversary dinner held for external stakeholders to climax MTN Ghana’s 25th anniversary celebrations. Mr. Adadevoh said, “we demonstrate this commitment with our pledge to invest over USD1 Billion in infrastructure and information systems in the next 5 years, starting this year.”
He also announced support for government’s ICT developmental initiatives which is being done through the provision of an ICT Hub and the establishment of West Africa’s first Innovation City in Ghana.
Addressing stakeholders made up of government representatives, business partners, customers and a cross section of media associations, Mr. Adadevoh explained, “We see Ghana as the most strategically placed country to be a digital hub in the region, exporting skills and services to diversify and accelerate GDP growth. This makes technology leadership in the region an imperative for Ghanaian SMEs to be relevant in an AFCFTA era”.
In addition to supporting digital initiatives, MTN Ghana Foundation will undertake two legacy projects by constructing a modern 60-bed maternity and neonatal center for the Keta Municipal Hospital at a cost of GHS9 million and invest GHS 1.2 million in building a STEM Robotics Lab for the Mamfe Girls’ School and surrounding communities.
The Senior Advisor to the President Mr. Yaw Osafo -Marfo who represented the Vice President commended MTN for its investments in the telecommunications industry. He called on the organization to extend its services to support the Ministry of Education. He asked, “what plans has MTN got to assist our Ministry of Education to make a success of digitalization in education.” He therefore appealed to MTN to think through and open discussions with the Education Ministry on this crusade. “Education must drive digitalization,” he added.
In a speech read on her behalf by the Deputy Minister of Communication, Minister of Communications, Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful noted that MTN @ 25 is a beautiful story.
She said,” the next chapter of this story should be one of collaboration- MTN’s success should be the engine that drives the collective and sustainable growth of the entire industry to achieve Ghana’s digitalization agenda.”
She expressed the appreciation of Ghanaians to MTN Group for believing in Ghana and consistently investing in the country over the years.
MTN launched its 25th anniversary celebration in June this year and has marked the celebration with various activities including customer promotions, stakeholder engagements, support to Government ICT projects as well as entertainment and sports activities across the country.
Notable personalities who graced the stakeholder anniversary dinner include, the Finance Minister. Hon. Ken Ofori -Atta, Deputy Minister of Communications Hon. Ama Pomaa Boateng and Deputy Minister of Education Hon. John Ntim Fordjour.
The rest are, Hon. Cynthia Maamle Morrison, Chairperson Parliamentary Select Committee for Communications, the MCE for Korley Klotey Nii Adjei Sowah, the Board Chairman of MTN Ghana, Dr. Ishmael Yamson and other Board Members, Board Members of MTN Ghana Foundation and CEO of Ghana Telecoms Chamber-Ing Kenneth Ashigbe. Other stakeholders in attendance included former President of the Ghana Journalists Association and other MTN business partners, Distributors, Suppliers, and members of the media fraternity.