For a two-day MTN Group Board Strategy session, MTN Ghana welcomed the board of directors and members of the executive committee in Accra. Ralph Mupita, the group president and CEO, and Mcebisi Hubert Jonas, the chairman of the group board, served as the MTN Group’s executives.
The MTN Group’s retreat in Accra gave the team the chance to interact with Ghanaian stakeholders and reiterate MTN’s dedication to its partners and stakeholders throughout the years.
A broad section of stakeholders from the public and private sectors, including ministers of state and heads of state institutions, attended a stakeholder dinner given by MTN Ghana as part of the engagements.
The event’s special guest of honor was the Vice President of the Republic of Ghana.
Ken Ofori Atta, the honorable minister of finance, and Ama Pomaa Boateng, the honorable deputy minister for communication and digitalization, were among the dignitaries that attended the ceremony.
Keynote speakers at the event, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Board Chairman of MTN Group, Mcebisi Jonas, and Board Chairman of MTN Ghana, Dr. Ishmael Yamson, all emphasized the theme of strategic partnerships and the vital role it plays in generating shared value and promoting sustainable growth.
His Excellency Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia praised MTN for being a key partner in accelerating Ghana’s efforts to become digital in his remarks. He stated, “Ghana is taking the right measures and we are incredibly positive about the recovery and prospects of our country. Government is also focused on structural transformation in both traditional and non-traditional sectors.
At the heart of this transformation is the need for smart investments in new technologies and critical infrastructure that will modernize the economy to gain competitive advantage on the global stage.
This is why partnerships with organizations like MTN are critical to us as a government and we would like to commend them for their role in accelerating Ghana’s digital efforts and contributing Ghana’s socio-economic development.”
The MTN Group Board Chair, Mr. Mcebisi Hubert Jonas, emphasized the significance of long-term partnerships between governments and businesses like MTN to spur African growth and innovation while discussing current global challenges, geopolitical uncertainties, and the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses. He noted that “The future is about strategic partnerships. We must move beyond seeing corporates only as a source of tax revenue, and entities that government’s sole focus is to regulate and control.
We need to rethink partnership models between the public and private sector in support of national development agendas while at the same protecting shareholder value.”
For his part, the Board Chairman of MTN Ghana, Dr Ishmael Yamson, in reiterating the need for a strong and positive collaborative relationship between the Government and business for growth said, “This partnership should be anchored in a strong belief that business and society have a symbiotic relationship. The long-term viability of an enterprise depends upon its responsibility to the society of which it is a part, and the wellbeing of society depends upon profitable and responsible business enterprises.”
Members of the MTN Group Board also went on field trips to the market to learn more about the job of customer care representatives and to get feedback from traders and MTN’s customers.
The MTN Group’s visit to Ghana is a part of its goal to promote and expand partnerships and collaborations in the nations where it conducts business and emphasizes the need for a team effort to achieve sustained socioeconomic progress. ‘Create shared value’ is one of MTN’s Ambition 2025’s four strategic goals. MTN must regularly interact with its major stakeholders if it intends to fulfill this aim.