The Chairman of Ooredoo Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud Al Thani and Cherie Blair announce the initiative.
NEW YORK/DOHA: Ooredoo and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women yesterday announced an innovative new partnership that will extend the benefits of mobile technology to underserved communities and support women’s entrepreneurship in Myanmar.
The announcement was made at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) annual meeting in New York, and this initiative is a CGI Commitment to Action.
With 25 percent of the population living below the poverty line, there is an urgent need to engage more women in the country’s economic development. As part of its vision of enriching people’s lives and stimulating human growth, Ooredoo is committed to championing women and helping them realise their potential in society.
The company said it believes that women should have equal opportunities to access mobile technology to advance their lives and those who depend on them.
Ooredoo said it has developed a strong track record in this area, leveraging mobile technology to empower women across its various markets and is confident it can make an important impact in Myanmar.
Myanmar is one of the few countries in the world where mobile phones have not yet reached the masses. Less than 10 percent of the population own a mobile phone.
Myanmar presents a unique opportunity for Ooredoo, as the company recently obtained a licence to operate a mobile network in the country, and will roll out its services to the population of 60 million.