Econet Wireless Zimbabwe won big at the just-ended Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) bagging the most awards at the event.The awards were presented to the Econet’s senior management team by President Emmerson Mnangagwa at an awards ceremony during the official opening.
The company collected two awards namely the Best Zimbabwean ICT Exhibit and best overall stand Award last Friday. The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Douglas Mboweni, yesterday expressed his joy at winning the coveted overall best ZITF stand award, as well as the best ICT award.
“I am delighted at the recognition and am very happy for our staff and management that worked so hard to ensure we are represented well at the Trade Fair,” Mr Mboweni said.
“I am also acutely aware that we are where we are as a business by the grace of God and because of our customers. And so I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our valued customers for their continued support.”
Econet, which has consistently participated at the ZITF over the years, got a visit at its stand from Vice President Rtd General Constantino Chiwenga earlier in the week.
“I am also most grateful that the Vice President, Rtd General Constantino Chiwenga, made the time to visit our stand and personally saw and experienced some of our products and services,” Mr Mboweni said.
In the ICT exhibitor category, Econet was followed by Powertel in second place and the Postal and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (Potraz) on third.
Econet’s stand – with its standout modern look and feel – showcased its telecom, digital, fintech, media, insurance and security products, among them Kwese TV, EcoCash, Steward Bank, Econet Connected Lifestyle and EcoSure.
The company also exhibited its youth empowerment and education programmes Elevate Youth Club, Ruzivo Digital Learning and Higherlife Foundation, the social investment organization Econet supports, which offers the Capernaum and Joshua Nkomo scholarships to thousands of young people.
Mr Mboweni added that Econet would continue to play its part in investing in the economy and in using technology as a catalyst for business growth in Zimbabwe by creating employment opportunities and contributing to government revenues through various statutory obligations.
Econet is said to have contributed in excess of US$3 billion to the Zimbabwean economy through infrastructure investment, direct and downstream employment creation, as well as through taxes, levies and licence fees.