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Ethiopia, Global Partnership for Ethiopia sign historic telecom licensing agreement

Addis Ababa, June 8, 2021 (FBC) – Ethiopian Communication Authority and Global Partnership for Ethiopia have signed the historic telecom licensing agreement in the presence of Prime Minister Abiy ahmed, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyanta.

Director General of Ethiopian Communication Authority and representatives the Global Partnership for Ethiopia (Safaricom, Vodacom, Sumitomo) have signed the agreement. The signing ceremony marks the unlocking of Ethiopian digital economy.

In 2018, Ethiopia announced a commitment to liberalize the telecommunication sector and opened it up to both domestic and foreign investment. 

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed called the decision made to liberalize the telecommunication sector “ a major policy shift in Ethiopia”

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed underscored that the licensing agreement signed with the Global Partnership for Ethiopia will position the country to catalyze inclusive prosperity.

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