Sierra Leone Allays Telecom Operators' Fear of Interference

As Sierra Leone celebrated its independence, the country's information and communications minister assured mobile phone companies in the country that government would not interfere in their operations.

Communications Minister Ibrahim Ben Kargbo said that Sierra Leone remains a liberal economy.

"Mobile companies have the free will to operate in the country as long as they abide by the rules and regulations. The government will not discriminate and marginalize any investor in the country," he said at the official opening ceremony of tiGo's new headquarters in Freetown on Saturday.

TiGo is one of the leading mobile communications networks in the country. It has dubbed its new office an "intelligent building."

The country's telecom industry is experiencing one of the fastest communications sector growth rates in the world, and Kargbo maintained that the private sector is crucial for continued expansion.

"GSM companies have been key players in terms of development," he said, "and tiGo has been adopted into the Sierra Leonean family."

TiGo's new building houses ultramodern customer care and call centers, talent training school for new employees, conference halls and a host of other facilities.

TiGo was formerly known as Millicom Sierra Leone. It started operation in February 2001 at Villa Cape Sierra. It was later expanded and moved.

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