from PEDRO AGOSTO in Luanda, Angola
LUANDA – ANGOLAN mobile network operator, UNITEL, is the first company from the Southern African country to be included in the World Economic Forum (WEF) exclusive network of Partner level companies.
It joins the Dangote Group, as the only other partner from the continent.
The partnership will allow UNITEL to support the mission of the WEF in Africa, get actively involved in the projects and be represented at the 2020 Davos Annual Meeting, Annual Meeting of the New Champions in China, as well as the Regional Summits in Africa and in the Middle East.
Isabel dos Santos, UNITEL Chairperson, said partnering WEF was a big achievement for the company.
“The management team is very proud to be part of this exclusive partnership and network of impressive business leaders. We have a very clear exciting path of growth and look forward to speaking about it at next WEF Davos,” dos Santos said.
UNITEL is a pan African telecommunications company, operating a network based on Global System for Mobile communications (GSM) and Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) standards, and provides voice communications, text (SMS) and multimedia (MMS) messages, as well as mobile internet access.
It covers all municipalities in Angola as at 2011, with recent investment in other African countries.
It has made significant investments in undersea cables.
WEF was established in 1971 as a not-for-profit foundation and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.
WEF engages political, business, academic and other leaders of society in collaborative efforts to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
Together with other stakeholders, it works to define challenges, solutions and actions, in the spirit of global citizenship.
Through its board, WEF selects a limited number of partners each year. Among these are the world’s most successful enterprises such as Alibaba Group, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Bloomberg, Boston Consulting Group, Facebook, Google and the Coca-Cola Company.
Alekhine Veloso, Business Engagement Lead for Africa, said WEF is committed to expanding its footprint within the private sector throughout Africa, especially in historically less represented countries on the global stage.
“Our team is very pleased to welcome UNITEL as the first Associate Partner of our institution in Angola and look forward to involving the company and its leadership in our communities, projects and gatherings to catalyse impact on the continent. Our new collaboration has the potential to help tackle some of the most systemic issues in Angola and on the African continent at large,” Veloso said.
WEF sees Angola as one of the most interesting countries to do business in sub-Saharan Africa. It has begun a process of rebuilding the country and unparalleled economic growth, mainly driven by the vast natural wealth of the country with a concentration in oil, diamonds, minerals, timber and other natural resources.
– CAJ News