Information and Communications Minister Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo yesterday made the First Official Call to President Koroma on the new Libyan based GSM Company Green Network Sierra Leone with operations in seven countries around the world.
The Minister made the call to President Koroma at the technical offices of the GSM Company at Kingharman Road in Freetown during the official First Call ceremony. Mr. Kargbo said the GSM Company is part of the efforts to strengthen the bilateral ties between Sierra Leone and the Libya Jamahiriya.
Prior to the ceremony, the Minister with the Libyan Ambassador to Sierra Leone Dr. Mohamed Al- Harari, Chief Executive Officer of Green Network Mr. Elmabruk Salem Elgembari and senior Ministry Officials made a courtesy call on President Ernest Bai Koroma at his State House Office to intimate him about recent developments in the Telecommunications industry with the advent of another Network in Sierra Leone.
While addressing the Ambassador and Ministry Officials, President Koroma said the advent of Green Network makes an important landmark in telecommunications in Sierra Leone, hoping that the services rendered will cover the entire country. He re-affirmed his government’s commitment to providing an enabling environment for Libyan investment in transportation, housing and communication.
The Libyan Ambassador assured President Koroma that Green Network will provide the best and affordable services for the people of Sierra Leone in terms of mobile communications adding that the company will also provide job opportunities for many Sierra Leoneans.
The Ambassador said Libyan investment will continue to expand in the country. Dr. Al-Harari lauded the efforts of the Ministry of Information for the strides made in facilitating the establishment of Green Network Company.
While presenting Green Network communication equipment to President Koroma, Chief Executive Officer ElMabruk S. Elgembari, said Green Network will extend services to the public after the commercial launch in April this year.
He also disclosed that the company has a USD$50million investment portfolio for a period of three years adding that they will be providing quality and affordable products in voice, data and internet facilities.
The Chairman of the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) Siray Timbo encouraged Green Network to work in concert with other registered GSM Companies by adhering to the rules and regulations governing their operations thereby providing efficient service delivery to customers.
On behalf of the Commission, he commended the Libyan Ambassador and the Management of Green Network for providing communication opportunities to the people of Sierra Leone.
The First Call Ceremony was climaxed with a conducted tour of Green Network’s Technical room by the Minister of Information and other stakeholders of the Telecommunications industry.
Green Network Sierra Leone is a subsidiary of LAP Green Network which was incorporated in 2005 to provide telecommunication services in Sierra Leone. LAP Green Network is part of the Libyan Africa Investment Portfolio that was incorporated in 2006 as a Libyan foreign investment vehicle primarily focusing on contributing to the development of African Countries. The vision of LAP Green Network is connecting Africa for the future.
By Saidu Bah