This is the first time Orange has spoken publicly on this matter since the CEO of Orange-Liberia, Mr. Mamadou Coulibaly, was invited by the NSA of Liberia for questioning.
In a press release issued in Monrovia on Monday, June 29, 2020, Orange, however, assured the public that Orange- Liberia stands by its policy of non-involvement in politics as it is the main rule of conduct within the Group worldwide. Under no circumstances does Orange support politics nor has the company or any of its executives been involved in political actions directly or indirectly.
“As regards to the issue of the imposition of Surcharges to current tariffs, and as Orange Liberia’s shareholder, Orange Group has analyzed the impact of the Surcharges of the LTA Order 0016- 02-25-19 and concluded that these additional Surcharges imposed to GSM operators are jeopardizing their investments and their business continuity in Liberia.
Therefore, the Board of Orange Liberia instructed Mr. Mamadou Coulibaly, as CEO of the company, to make a case before the Courts of Liberia. Orange, as a law-abiding corporation, believes that the best recourse is always through the use of dialog with the authorities and the rule of law,” Orange pointed out in the press release.
Meanwhile, Orange- Liberia has invested more than USD $100 million in Liberia since 2016 to provide digital and financial inclusion to the Liberian people and is a key partner in progress for the country’s development agenda. The company has been awarded the 2017 and 2018 best tax payer award by the LRA and is proud to contribute to Liberia’s development through the payment of taxes, in addition to its CSR activities.