OFFICIAL VISIT

Uhuru in Ethiopia for official visit, to witness Safaricom licence award

Uhuru is scheduled to witness the issuance of a telecommunications licence to Safaricom.

In Summary

•The President landed at the Bole International Airport on Tuesday afternoon where he was received by senior government officials, including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

•Uhuru, was accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs) and Joe Mucheru (ICT).

President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived in Addis Ababa for an official working visit.

The President landed at the Bole International Airport on Tuesday afternoon where he was received by senior government officials, including Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

President Uhuru Kenyatta received by Ethipia government officials in Addis Ababa
President Uhuru Kenyatta received by Ethipia government officials in Addis Ababa
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Uhuru, was accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs) and Joe Mucheru (ICT).

During his visit, Uhuru will meet with Ethiopia government officials to discuss issues of mutual concern.

He is scheduled to witness the issuance of a telecommunications licence to Safaricom.

President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Image: PSCU

An international consortium led by Safaricom, and comprising of Vodafone and Vodacom, UK's CDC Group and Japan's Sumitomo Corporation, won a Shs91.8 billion bid to operate in Ethiopia.

The tender has increased Safaricom's share rally to a new high.

The Global Partnership for Ethiopia said the rigorous process started by the government in 2019 as part of its Economic Reform Agenda, with the support of the International Finance Corporation will increase jobs, reduce poverty and grow the local economy in an inclusive and sustainable manner.

''We are excited for the opportunity to work with the people of Ethiopia to set up telecom networks to deliver a digital lifestyle,'' Safaricom CEO Peter Ndegwa said.

He added that in past years, Safaricom has seen the power of digital transformation and its impact on customers and by working with all stakeholders in Ethiopia, the firm will deliver a similar transformation while achieving a sustainable return for shareholders.