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Africell starts up in December and creates 5000 jobs

Africell will actually start up in December and its entry into the Angolan telecommunications market will generate about 5000 jobs.

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According to a note posted on the Presidency's Facebook page, João Lourenço on Monday received "guarantees that the multinational telephone company Africell will begin operations in Angola later this year.

The information reached the President during a meeting between the head of state and top executives of the operator. At the meeting it was also disclosed that Africell's entry into the Angolan market "will generate more than 5000 jobs".

The operator's CEO, Christopher Lundh, made it known that the work on Africell's operations center should be completed in the coming weeks.

He added that an investment of 300 million dollars has been made, which will guarantee, in the first phase, the creation of 400 direct jobs and 100 indirect jobs.

Manuel Homem, Minister of Telecommunications, Information Technology and Social Communication, considered that the entrance of the operator in the national market will balance the offer and improve services in the sector.

The holder of the Telecommunications, Information Technology and Social Communication portfolio also made it known that the meeting served to clarify the objectives set for the fourth operator, corresponding to the National Development Plan for the telecommunications sector.

"It was a very satisfactory meeting, as it allowed us to clearly reach the objectives that were mapped out for the implementation of the fourth operator in our country", he referred.

The minister also emphasized that Africell is already making the necessary investments in infrastructure, which will allow the operation in December.

"The works have already started, there is a local recruitment program, which is also being done, it was public, the operator is doing the selection work, it is an internal work, and in the next few days it will start a selection and training program for the staff that were selected for Africell and it will be a gradual process, which foresees that until the normal operation of this operation, that the company will be able to employ about 5000 national staff", he said.

Ambassador Nina Maria Fite underlined that the "are bringing technologies, are creating work and are training and empowering the Angolan people", indicating that Africell is an example of how American companies invest in Angola outside the oil sector.

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