African Union, Huawei Partners Towards Achieving Better Connected Africa

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The African Union (AU) and Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, partners towards achieving a better connected Africa.

The duo recommitted to the agenda during a meeting between  Charles Ding, Senior Vice President, Huawei and Dr. Elham Ibrahim, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union, at the African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Communication and Information Technologies (CCICT) which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

During the conference, Dr. Elham Ibrahim, said “Recently in January, Huawei has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the African Union to jointly enhance Information and Communication Technology literacy and capability and ICT infrastructure development”.

Ibrahim said this would further speed up the realization of the lofty set goals of Africa’s Agenda 2063 and also we are very grateful of Huawei’s goodwill to offer ICT training for 25 employees of AU in China in the near future.

“As a gesture of goodwill, Huawei would offer ICT training for 25 employees of AU in China in the near future. We are very grateful of such opportunities. Huawei has also pledged to train up to 1,000 ICT professionals from member states” She added.

Mr. Charles Ding, Senior Vice President of Huawei Said “Huawei is solidifying efforts over the years with our partners on all fronts because we believe that ICT technologies are reshaping Africa and other parts of the world, and leading the next wave of sustainable social development.

“With our 17 years of experience within Africa’s ICT industry coupled with our extensive industry global network, Huawei is well positioned to share the best practices and latest ICT solutions. we hope to support ICT infrastructure deployment and digital transformation practice across the Continent; upgrade labour force qualification and create more jobs through technology hands-on and transference, and provide regulatory policy consultation, including spectrum and licensing policy”.

Ding added that while strengthening research and development capabilities, Huawei promotes people-to-people and technological exchanges, expand investment in the appropriate areas, and consequently to make greater contribution to poverty reduction and regional civilization.

Mr. Stone Shi, Huawei Ethiopia CEO Said throughout his speech “ Huawei has released the global connectivity index (GCI) which is granted as the national economy barometer, a strong correlation between a country’s ICT spending and its GDP. The natural conclusion is that the more a country invests in ICT, the more positive impact it has to its GDP. And he highlighted that ICT innovation and sustainable investment to empower Agenda 2063 should be the common goal . In the long journey, ICT regulatory framework will take a navigating role in the implementation of the Agenda 2063. So Let us be together realizing the ICT prosperity in Africa”

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