Company starting preparations for commercial launch, with plans to invest US$ 8.5bn over 10 years, to contribute to digital Ethiopia objectives

Launches a recruitment drive targeting Ethiopians

Introduces a three-year Graduate Management Trainee programme for Ethiopian University students

Telco announces its leadership team to head the Ethiopia operations

Mr. Peter Ndegwa, CEO of Safaricom PLC [second right] and Mr. Anwar Soussa, MD of Safaricom Ethiopia [middle] led Kenyan and Ethiopian teams at a past signing ceremony.

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia: Safaricom Telecommunications Ethiopia PLC (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.

At a media conference held today, Mr. Peter Ndegwa, Chief Executive Officer of Safaricom PLC, leading a senior delegation from the Global Partnership for Ethiopia (GPE) for a visit to Ethiopia this week, conveyed the shareholders’ commitment to investment in Ethiopia and contributing to the achievement of the digital Ethiopia objectives.

”The Global Partnershipfor 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. Such partnerships are the building blocks of digital transformation,and Iwould 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,” said Peter Ndegwa.

Mr. Anwar Soussa, Managing Director of Safaricom Ethiopia, provided updates on the preparations for commercial launch, notably that the company 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. By June next year, we aim 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 ltlmoreskill training programme – 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 programme dubbed the “Discover Graduate Management Programme”. The graduates will undergo accelerated learning rotations across different functions in the business as well as extensive leadership coaching and mentorship programmes.

Mr. Soussa added:”We believe young people are the key to deliveringthe digital Ethiopia ambitions and with our globalDiscover Graduate Management Programme,we will create a pool of talent of digital innovators who will grow with the business to achieve this.”

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

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