Roshan ranked among top 10 innovative companies
A statement from the telecom firm said on Wednesday the ranking had been issued in Social Good by Fast Company -- one of the leading business magazines in the world.
The top 10 most innovative companies’ list usually includes prominent international corporations, including tech giants such as Apple and Google.
It is the first time that an Afghan company has been included in Fast Company’s ranking, bringing prestige and honor to the country’s telecom industry.
In the Social Good section, Roshan was ranked number seven alongside two of the most well-known global companies, General Electric and Intel Corporation.
When Roshan launched operations in 2003 in Afghanistan, there were barely 100,000 people with access to a phone. A decade later, it has over 6.5 million customers and has invested more than $600 million.
Roshan has also created over 35,000 jobs both directly and indirectly and currently employs over 11,000 people, of whom 20% are women.
Karim Khoja, the company’s CEO, said: “Being named one of the world’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies is a proud moment for us as a leading Afghan telecom company and for Afghanistan.”
Roshan is not just a telecom company but a social enterprise, leveraging its robust nationwide network and innovative technology to empower Afghans, according to the CEO.
Through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) arm, the firm has undertaken a number of programmes, including the Roshan Telemedicine plan which links 4 hospitals across Afghanistan to the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi.
Fast Company’s Editor Robert Safian said: “Our goal is to illuminate the state of innovation as it exists right now within the rapidly changing global landscape.”
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