Prime Minister Cleopas Sipho Dlamini recently welcomed a visit from the executives of MTN Group, who are currently in the country to engage with key stakeholders. The courtesy visit served as an opportunity to discuss various matters of mutual interest.
During the meeting, one of the key topics addressed was MTN’s partnership with the government. Both parties explored collaborative initiatives aimed at enhancing the delivery of essential services to the citizens. Particularly, the discussions focused on MTN’s involvement in initiatives such as the distribution of elderly grants through MoMo (Mobile Money) and the facilitation of electronic payments for critical government services via the *468# channel.
The MTN delegation comprised esteemed individuals, including Senior Vice President Ebenezer Asante, Regional Vice President Yolanda Cuba, Regional GM Southern and East Africa Jerry Soko, Regional Director West and Central Africa Themba Zotwane, as well as MTN Eswatini CEO Wandile Mtshali, alongside other executives.
Prime Minister Dlamini expressed his appreciation for MTN’s continuous engagement and commitment to collaborating with the government in advancing the welfare of the people. The partnership between MTN and the government signifies a shared vision of leveraging technology to improve access to vital services and promote inclusive development.
The discussions held during the courtesy visit underscored the importance of public-private partnerships in driving socioeconomic progress. The MTN executives highlighted the company’s dedication to contributing to Eswatini’s growth by leveraging their expertise and resources in telecommunications and digital solutions.
The visit not only strengthened the existing relationship between MTN and the government but also paved the way for further collaboration in the future. Both parties recognized the potential for joint efforts in areas such as digital connectivity, digital skills development, and leveraging technology for social welfare programs.
Prime Minister Dlamini emphasized the government’s commitment to creating an enabling environment for private sector investments, particularly in the telecommunications sector. He expressed his confidence that the partnership between MTN and the government would yield significant benefits for the citizens and contribute to the nation’s overall development.
As the courtesy visit concluded, the MTN delegation expressed gratitude for the warm reception and reaffirmed their commitment to working hand-in-hand with the government to explore innovative solutions that address societal challenges and foster inclusive growth.
The visit by MTN Group executives served as a testament to the importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors in driving progress and improving the lives of citizens. Through such partnerships, the government and industry leaders like MTN can collectively shape a brighter future for Eswatini, leveraging technology and innovation for the benefit of all.