Outgoing Vice president for MTN Southern and Eastern Markets, Ebenezer Asante has officially handed over office having served for 3 years.
- Yolanda Cuba, formerly Group’s Chief Digital and Fintech Officer has officially become the new VP of the region.
- She commits to focus on investing in the network, increasing mobile and internet penetration, innovation, and youth empowerment.
Friday 7th May 2021: Following the recent announcement of a newly appointed Vice president for the MTN group Southern and Eastern Africa regional markets, the outgoing Vice president Ebenezer Asante and the Incoming Vice president Yolanda Cuba visited Uganda for the official office handover.
Hosted at the MTN main corporate offices, Asante who officially handed over the MTN Uganda subsidiary to the incoming through a symbolic gesture of the Uganda Flag, welcomed Cuba to the new role which he said had earned him a great amount of knowledge and unforgettable experiences.
“I am very humbled to have served as VP for the Southern and Eastern Markets for these years. I am also grateful for the warm welcome I received when I first joined. The people and countries are all unique in their own ways and as MTN, we are thankful that you continue to allow us to serve you all,” he said.
While on her visit to Uganda, Cuba has had the opportunity to meet with key MTN external stakeholders inclusive of; the Prime Minister of Uganda, Acting Executive Director for Uganda Communications Commission, Minister of ICT, Deputy Governor Bank of Uganda, Commissioner General Uganda Revenue Authority and South Africa high commissioner among others, to discuss ways of collaborating with MTN to grow the sector and country at large.
During the official handover ceremony, Cuba revealed her plan for the region.
Cognizant of the youthful population in Uganda, Cuba said there are vast opportunities for the telecom industry and communication growth in the country.
She said that during her tenure, MTN will prioritize investing in the network to ensure there is access to communication services countrywide.
“In the network perspective, considering the next five years and getting to the 90 per cent coverage, we shall focus on growing our investments in the country,” she noted.
Cuba will also prioritize increasing mobile and internet penetration which currently ranks low in Uganda compared to her regional counterparts through boosting access to handset devices.
Through MTN’s Application Program Interface marketplace, Chenosis, where MTN is going for a more open architectural feature, there will be a lot of space for innovation, which is predominantly a hub for the youth.
In addition, Yolanda asserted that she is going to focus on further roll out of 3G and 4G in the country.
The incoming VP along with other MTN Group delegates including Ebenezer and the Group Chief Regulatory and Corporate Affairs; Felleng Sekha were hosted by MTN Uganda for the official office handover.