MTN Group has announced that it will be supporting the upcoming Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) as an anchor sponsor. The event is scheduled to take place from 21 – 23 June 2022, in Kigali, Rwanda.
According to a statement, the company has committed US$230 000, to advance initiatives that are geared to strengthen relations between business and government.
The Commonwealth Business Forum is part of the official CHOGM programme and will be the first and largest in-person gathering for governments and businesses across the Commonwealth since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, added the statement.
Ralph Mupita, MTN Group President and CEO said, “As an organisation that is committed to Africa’s sustainable socio-economic development and progress, we are honoured to be supporting this gathering. The engagements that will take place here between government and private sector leaders have potential to create conditions that will help our host governments realise the aspirations under Agenda 2063: The Africa We want.”
The Forum is hosted as a partnership between the Government of Rwanda and Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC).
The week- long gathering is held every two years on a rotational basis, and as the youngest member, this would be the first time Rwanda hosts the Commonwealth since they joined the committee in 2009.
Clare Akamanzi, Rwanda Development Board Chief Executive Officer commented saying “The Government of Rwanda welcomes MTN as an anchor sponsor to this year’s Commonwealth Business Forum, a unique platform for interaction between governments and the private sector from all Commonwealth countries.”
CHOGM will bring together several Heads of Government and over 5,000 delegates from across the Commonwealth including policy makers, business leaders, innovators across several sectors, global thought leaders and the youth.
Also commenting, Mitwa Ng’ambi, MTN Rwanda Chief Executive Officer said, “We are pleased to be a partner to the Commonwealth Business Forum. We look forward to the meaningful connections that will be made and to exchanging knowledge with Heads of States, Policy Makers, and Business Leaders among others. “
This year’s Forum will address the theme ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating and Transforming’.