The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Airtel Africa, Christian de Faria, accompanied by the Minister of Information and Communication Alhaji Alpha Kanu, on Wednesday 13th January, 2016, paid a courtesy call on President Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma at State House in Freetown to announce the buying over of Airtel Sierra Leone to a French company. Orange.
Addressing the delegation, President Koroma said the announcement is no longer surprising but that as government, they are looking forward to receiving details of the agreement.
“We cannot give an authorization until we are provided with full details of the agreement,” he said, saying that if the agreement is in line with the Local Content Policy like the retaining of staff that the CEO mentioned, government will continue to provide not only the physical enabling environment, but also the legal environment to ensure the business runs without hindrance.
He expressed strong belief that telecommunication has an important role to play in the transformation of a country.
Through, the Airtel Africa CEO, President Koroma extended his profound thanks to the Chairman of Airtel for the support provided during the Ebola epidemic and further said that he was pleased that the CEO of Airtel Africa hailed Airtel Sierra Leone as their best subsidiary in Africa.
According to Mr. Christian de Faria, the decision to sell Airtel (SL) to Orange was reached by the shareholders and the protracted agreement between the two companies was virtually made last night. He said if all goes well, effective from April 1st this year, the French company will take over Airtel (SL).
In another development, President Koroma had audience with the executive of the National Council of Imams.