MTN pumps US$230k into Commonwealth Business Forum in Rwanda


    The MTN Group has presented a check for US$230,000 as anchor sponsorship package for the upcoming Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF) scheduled to take place from 21 – 23 June 2022, in Kigali, Rwanda.

    The Commonwealth Business Forum is part of the official Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 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.

    This year’s forum will address the theme Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating and Transforming.

    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.

    “MTN Group is supporting this event as an Anchor Sponsor, to the value of US$230 000, as a sign of its commitment to advancing initiatives that are geared to strengthen relations between business and government,” a statement from MTN said.

    MTN Group President and CEO, Ralph Mupita stated that “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.

    CEO of the Rwanda Development Board, Clare Akamanzi also commented that “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. We look forward to interacting with MTN Group executives and having meaningful exchanges that lead to practical solutions and generate high level policy recommendations which will set the agenda for Rwanda’s two-year tenure as Chair-in Office of the Commonwealth.”

    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 will create the grounds by which we can propel further, our core belief that everyone deserves a modern connected life on the basis of sustainability for a common future,” said Mitwa Ng’ambi, MTN Rwanda Chief Executive Officer.


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