Raheem Akingbolu

MTN Nigeria and Microsoft Nigeria have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on the creation of sustainable and scalable initiatives aimed at driving growth for operators of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) in the country.

The partnership will leverage Microsoft’s technologies and MTN’s expertise to create strong value propositions for the SMEs segment.

These propositions will speak to the needs of SMEs around capability development, access to markets and business networks across Africa; and address some of their challenges through the creation of innovative solutions.

The MoU signing ceremony which took place recently in Lagos, had top executives from both Microsoft and MTN in attendance.

The General Manager, Enterprise Marketing, MTN, Onyinye Ikenna-Emeka, expressed the company’s commitment to the success of businesses, be they SMEs, large enterprises or in the public sector.

Recognising the significant contributions of SMEs to the country’s economy, Ikenna-Emeka conveyed MTN’s strategic position of collaborating with SMEs to create bespoke solutions specially designed to help grow and sustain other SMEs in the country.

Speaking further on MTN’s support of SMEs in Nigeria, Ikenna-Emeka said, “We launched the MTN Man-In-The-Box Initiative to further demonstrate our commitment to the development of businesses and ensure their sustained business growth.”

She stated that the initiative was designed to create and sustain awareness for MTN’s Enterprise Business and its focus to provide and facilitate access to technology, new markets, information and finance for SMEs.

In his remark, Country General Manager, Microsoft Nigeria, Akin Banuso stated, “Our approach at Microsoft has been one of empowerment and collaboration. We work with SMEs and as we learn from them, this makes us poised to provide tailor-made solutions to the challenges they face on a daily basis.

“We are excited about this partnership and looking forward to provide support to the SMEs through the Microsoft 4Afrika initiative. This means that we are able to empower them to digitally transform their businesses and be more productive and competitive.”