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Safaricom Ethiopia announces staff recruitment, gears up for launch

Soussa said one of the commitments Safaricom has made was to create and sustain 1.5 million jobs over the next ten years.

In Summary

•“We also made some critical steps towards getting our foundation ready for commercial operations," CEO Peter Ndegwa said.

• Ndegwa said  Safaricom is looking forward to working and serving with the people of Ethiopia.

Safaricom team in Ethiopia during the media conference.
Safaricom team in Ethiopia during the media conference.
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Safaricom has announced a countrywide staff recruitment drive  in Ethiopia as it gears up for commercial launch.

“We also made some critical steps towards getting our foundation ready for commercial operations. This step includes plans to hire and train local Ethiopians to various opportunities," CEO Peter Ndegwa said.

Ndegwa said they have committed to recruit 150 diverse graduates a year  for the next three years.

Speaking during a media conference on Friday, CEO Peter Ndegwa said  Safaricom is looking forward to working and serving with the people of Ethiopia to create a robust network that will benefit this country.

“We are preparing for deployment of network and IT equipment to provide world-class digital services across all regions in Ethiopia, boost the digital economy and drive economic transformation,” he said.

“We look forward to increasing connectivity, providing best in class mobile telephony services, creating new digital businesses, and generating new jobs for citizens across the country.”

 Ndegwa also introduced its leadership team who affirmed commitment to investing in Ethiopia’s digital future ahead of the launch.

He said global partnership is the building block 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,” he said.

He said they plan is to invest over $8.5 billion over the next 10 years to future proof digital infrastructure and strengthen the digital capacity in the country.

“We are looking forward to working and serving with the people of Ethiopia to create a robust network that will benefit this country,” he said.

"We look forward to increasing connectivity, providing best in class mobile telephony services, creating new digital businesses, and generating new jobs for citizens across the country."

Managing Director Safaricom Ethiopia Anwar Soussa provided updates on the preparations.

"As we get ready to build and drive a new digital experience for Ethiopians, we are creating an occasion for more people to open themselves up to the never-ending opportunities in a digital economy," Soussa said.

Soussa said one of the commitments Safaricom has made was to create and sustain 1.5 million jobs over the next 10 years.

"...and I am proud to announce that as we get ready for commercial launch, we have kicked off a national recruitment drive," he said.

"We aim to build a team driven by innovation & digital solutions & we will offer all employees comprehensive digital training packages."

 

Edited by CM