CIO East Africa interviewed Liquid Intelligent Technologies, Group Chief Operating Officer, Ahmad Mokhles, to discuss what it takes to make an organisation successful.
When you were brought on board Liquid Intelligent Technologies, what was the agenda they set aside for you to work with and on?
Every company has a vision, and ours is to evolve from a wholesale telecom provider into a technology solutions company in Africa. Steered by our chairman and the Liquid Intelligent Technologies Holding board of directors, we aspire to create a one-stop digital shop. With connectivity that spreads from Cairo in the North, to Cape Town in the South and from Addis Ababa in the East to Dakar in the West, we provide the backbone for over 70,000 kms of fibre optic across the continent.
Another key focus for the company is scaling the data centers that we run. With the aim of storing Africa’s data within the continent, we have created Africa Data Centres to guide this vision and tie in with our drive to accelerate digital transformation in Africa.
In September 2020, we launched our cybersecurity unit, which offers end-to-end managed services for digital security solutions.
Our offering is designed to protect organisations at every intersection of their digitally transformed business, including network, people, and systems, revolutionising how cybersecurity is approached.
When it comes to the vision of Liquid Intelligent Technologies, do regulations by governments get in the way and when they do, how do you work with them or through and around it?
Every country has its own rules and regulations, and companies like ours engaging in international business have to navigate multijurisdictional compliance and regulatory issues. Liquid Intelligent Technologies has always conducted its business following the highest ethical operating standards. In all our countries of operation, we are mindful of the laws of the land and have put robust internal controls to ensure we meet all sovereign legal requirements.
Another crucial aspect that we take into consideration is the cultural aspect. While business practices might be different, cultural nuances may also differ. We note and respect the different cultural elements and lean on our belief that every individual on the African continent has the right to be connected- irrespective of their cultural values and position.
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