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					                             Ethio Telecom Press Conference

                              An introductory remark (speech)

                 of His Excellency Ato Debretsion G/Michael,

    Minister of Communications and Information Technology



    Honorable Ethio Telecom management members
    Honorable invited journalists


First of all, on behalf of Ethio Telecom Board of Directors and on my own behalf, I
would like to welcome you all for attending this press conference, expressing my
heart-felt pleasure for official announcement of the management contract of Ethio
Telecom.

Although it counts over a century since the inception of the telecom services in our
country, the growth and penetration of the telecom sector is still at a low level stage
compared to other countries. Among the reasons behind this are failure to expand
modern network infrastructure at all parts of the country on equitable basis, lack of
trained manpower in the sector’s technical and management aspects as well as low
financial capacity for network expansion and other related factors.

However, taking into consideration the telecom sector’s great role in the ongoing effort
to enable Ethiopia to become categorized under the middle level income earning
countries, the Ethiopian government has paid due attention to the sector and has
undertaken several huge network expansion projects since few years ago with a view
to enhancing the development of the telecom sector.



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           Speech of His Excellency Ato Debretsion G/Michael, Minister of Communications and Information Technology
Among these tasks are the expansion of Telecom services intensively throughout the
country with required standards through deployment of Next Generation Network
(NGN) projects. In parallel with the country’s endeavor to access the Ethiopian society
with multi-faceted NGN based telecom services across the nation, the government has
already engaged in deploying a new telecom company through the application of
transformational plan leading to creating a world-class telecom service provider.

Thus, we are at the stage of nearly finalizing the NGN projects and the transformation
process undertaken for the last three years, and now we are at the implementation
phase of the deployed NGN projects and the transformation program.


    Honorable Ethio Telecom management members
    Honorable invited journalists


It is to be recalled that nowadays, the Ethiopian Government has been embarking
upon the country’s five years development & transformation plan so as to enhance the
ongoing renaissance aimed at national growth in all sectors. Accordingly, at the end of
this five years national plan, it is expected to have internationally recognized telecom
company capable of providing world-class telecom services being equipped with
modern work process and organizational structure as well as staffed with a new
generation workforce.


Although the deployment of the huge NGN projects undertaken during the past three
years is a prerequisite and is a wide base for establishing the new telecom company
within the five years national plan, it is believed that telecom infrastructure deployment
by itself does not bring any change without a radical transformation in service
provisioning process and organizational structure. Therefore, utilizing the hitherto
deployed huge networks and those networks to be expanded in a time ahead, the
Ethiopian Government has found it necessary to involve the world-class telecom

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         Speech of His Excellency Ato Debretsion G/Michael, Minister of Communications and Information Technology
operator with viable experience and capability in the sector so as to render world
standard telecom services.


The main objective of the management contract with France Telecom (FT) is to have a
knowledge transfer geared towards creating a world-class Telecom service provider
capable of rendering international standard services within a contract period deploying
the company’s workforce and the hitherto networks and those networks to be
expanded in the near future as need arises.

The Ethiopian government will settle the annual fee and related benefits to France
Telecom geared towards improved services and enhanced revenue, while the
payment would be settled after the confirmation of the excellent performance as per
the contract agreement through FT’s periodical performance assessment.

      Honorable Ethio Telecom management members
    Honorable invited journalists

The new Ethio Telecom that we today heralds its official announcement will be mainly
led by France Telecom Senior Executives, although some senior management
positions are reserved only for Ethiopian nationals that fit for the positions. The
management positions below the rank of senior management which are ranging from
the middle management level to the supervisor position level will be taken totally by
Ethiopians. Such deployment of Ethiopian professionals will enable the country’s
nationals to acquire wide experience as well as management and technical skills
through joint work with foreign nationals who are empowered with special knowledge
and caliber in the sector.

Hence, the employees of the new company (Ethio Telecom), most of whom are
recruited from the incumbent Ethiopian Telecom operator, will be directly assigned to
the job position they would fit based on the assessment of the level of their respective
education, knowledge, experience and competence.
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          Speech of His Excellency Ato Debretsion G/Michael, Minister of Communications and Information Technology
Finally, I wish a successful working time for the new company, Ethio Telecom in the
time ahead, and would like to express that the Ministry of Communication and
Information Technology will exert unreserved effort to give all necessary supports to
Ethio Telecom in its endeavor to accomplish its missions.




                                                                                                             Thank you




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         Speech of His Excellency Ato Debretsion G/Michael, Minister of Communications and Information Technology

				
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