UAE’s Etisalat works to develop Afghan telecom sector

September 8th, 2008 - 5:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Abu Dhabi, Sep 8 (IANS) The United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) leading telecom services provider Etisalat is concentrating its efforts on developing the telecom industry in Afghanistan.In this connection, a meeting was held between a visiting high-level Afghan government delegation and Etisalat chairman Mohammad Hassan Omran here Sunday, the state-run Emirates News Agency (WAM) reported Monday.

“The Ministry of Communications and IT and Etisalat are working together to develop the communications industry in Afghanistan,” the report quoted Omran as saying after the meeting.

“Etisalat always enhances the services available in any market in which it operates,” he added.

The visiting delegation included Afghanistan’s communications and IT minister A. Sangin, Finance Minister Anwarul Haq Ahady, the country’s ambassador to the UAE Abdul Faried Zakaria, and Omar Zakhilwal, senior economic advisor to Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

The two sides discussed areas of cooperation between Etisalat and its subsidiary in Afghanistan.

They also discussed different services introduced in Afghanistan since Etisalat won the fourth mobile licence in that country.

The Abu Dhabi-headquartered Etisalat is one of the largest telecommunications companies globally and the largest operator in the Arab world.

It has over 64 million subscribers across 16 countries.

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