Addis Ababa, 30th April 2019: Etisalat has confirmed its support for this year’s Innovation Africa Digital (IAD) Summit at the Sheraton Addis, Ethiopia. As official media and promotion partner, Etisalat has committed to supporting the success of this year’s summit with extensive promotion of the summit, along with live coverage during the event. Addis Ababa, 3 official media and promotion partner, Etisalat has committed to supporting the success of this year’s summit with extensive promotion of the summit, along with live coverage during the event.
With the summit programme focused on the acceleration of national ICT agendas, Etisalat’s coverage will turn up the volume on this important subject. Etisalat will add further value to the summit by committing top executives from Etisalat to share valuable insights on how policy makers and regulators can encourage the acceleration of their national ICT agendas.
Dr Ahmed bin Ali, Group Senior Vice President, Etisalat, said: “We are pleased to support this year’s Innovation Africa Digital Summit as its official media and promotion partner in line with Etisalat’s commitment to support the ICT national agenda and promoting innovation. Our vision of ‘Driving the Digital Future to Empower Societies’ is focused on making this digital future a reality by facilitating innovation, creativity and bringing new technologies to our customers across our markets. Etisalat provides innovative solutions and services to 143 million subscribers in 15 countries across the Middle East, Asia and Africa. At Etisalat, we have always believed in innovation and technology transformation through a backbone encompassing the most advanced, fastest and widest network in the region.”
Tariq Malik, CEO, Extensia, said: “Extensia is proud to confirm Etisalat as our official media and promotion partner at this year’s IAD summit. Etisalat’s award winning media channels will ensure that the important message from this year’s summit, about the need to accelerate national ICT agendas, is heard loud and clear and far and wide. The high level delegation and speaker contribution Etisalat is committing to this year’s IAD summit is most welcome and will ensure that this year’s summit, coinciding with the exciting announcement of the planned liberalisation and privatisation of the ICT sector in Ethiopia, will be arguably the most important telecom and ICT event in Africa in 2019.”
The 17th annual IAD Summit addresses the need for African Countries to accelerate the development of their ICT maturity. With only three sub Saharan African countries in the top 100 of the ITU’s Global ICT maturity index there is much work to do and tremendous opportunities ahead. Each country is looking towards 2030 sustainable development goals and the foundations for the achievement of many of these goals can be supported by a healthy ICT ecosystem. Each country has its own distinct identity and own objectives driving their ICT agenda and the IAD summit provides an opportunity to identify best practices and innovative strategies for accelerating these agendas.
Global ICT leaders will share thoughts, ideas and best practices with an audience of ICT ministers, regulators, service providers and major end users from across Africa. At an historical time in the development of Ethiopia’s ICT liberalisation, IAD 2019, hosted in partnership between Extensia and the recently formed Ministry of Technology and Innovation (MiNT) welcome Etisalat as the official media and promotion partner.
Etisalat Group is one of the world’s leading telecom groups in emerging markets. Etisalat’s current market cap is AED 148 billion ($40.3billion). With consolidated net revenues at AED 52.4 billion and consolidated net profit of 8.6 billion for 2018. Its high credit ratings reflect the company’s strong balance sheet and proven long-term performance.
Headquartered in Abu Dhabi, Etisalat was established over four decades ago in the UAE as the country’s first telecommunications service provider. An international blue-chip organisation, Etisalat Group provides innovative solutions and services to 143 million subscribers in 15 countries across the Middle East, Asia and Africa.
Extensia is a trusted advisor to many ICT policy makers, regulators, service providers and major end users from across Africa. Extensia has hosted high level business summits and facilitated business deals across the continent over the past 17 years with the IAD summit being this flagship event hosted annually for the past 17 years in 9 different countries. Contact email@example.com for further information