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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Airtel commences Africa-India job transfer

Airtel Africa has commenced the Africa-India job transfer programme among its employees across the two continents.

ITRealms Online gathered that the first batch of this unique staff transfer programme from Africa to work within the operations of its parent company in India, started on February 23, 2011.

Chief executive officer for international operations and Joint Managing Director of Bharti Airtel, Mr. Manoj Kohli, said that the initial phase of the programme saw the integration of specialized staff from Bharti Airtel into some markets.

In this phase, he said, team from Africa to India would be employees from Airtel’s operations in Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, the democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Niger and Zambia.

“They will spend up to one year working within various units, which include Bharti Airtel’s network infrastructure development, solutions for medium sized enterprises, sales and distribution, financial systems, marketing and other functions,” he said, stressing that Airtel’s strongest pillar is people.

Also, Kohli noted that they invest considerable resources in developing capabilities whilst giving our human capital opportunities to grow.

“The transfer of knowledge is a conscious strategy informed by the fact that globalization has changed the required skill sets of the team,” he said.
Mr. Kohli, further said, the transfer programme is a mutually beneficial exercise between all Airtel operations in Africa and the Indian sub-continent.

“The need for consumers to leapfrog existing technologies and embrace new innovations is a reality as evidenced by some of the latest innovations rolled out by Airtel in Africa. We need to ensure that our solutions connect in a cultural and socio-economic context” he said, pointing out that the initiative is just a first step of getting various teams connected across the globe.
During the launch of its operations in Africa, the telecom operator reiterated its intention to harness local manpower which stands at over 6,500 employees across the African continent. In addition to investing in the skill sets, Airtel has partnered with some of the leading technology providers to develop specialized skills and nurture job opportunities across the continent.

The company has kicked off partnerships with global technology leaders such as IBM, Nokia Siemens, Huawei, Ericsson and Business outsourcing partners such as Spanco & Tech Mahindra.

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