MTN Group has launched its “We’re good together” initiative to demonstrate how, the company can change lives by improving digital access.

Following the crisis the company faced last month which had most of its shops closed down, the initiative also seeks to drive financial inclusion, empower and enable SMEs, and create jobs and broad community development.

Commenting on the relevance of the new initiative, Group Chief Executive Officer and President, Rob Shuter, said: “To harness the potential of Africa and ensure our youth are productively employed, we need affordable, safe and relevant digital services which are matched with the required digital skills.

“This, in turn, will support the global development agenda and national priorities. As one of the major infrastructure investors across Africa, MTN through partnership and collaboration, can accelerate this digital inclusion.”

According to MTN, the global telecommunications industry has made significant progress on the Sustainable Development Goals but more still needs to be done to bridge the digital divide and MTN is prepared to do its part.

MTN has been a significant contributor to the economies and communities within which it operates.

Over the last 25 years, MTN has built high-speed networks covering 560 million people, created jobs for over five million people and through MTN Mobile Money connected 30 million people to the benefits of easy, cost-effective mobile financial services across the continent.