The African Union (AU) and Chinese smartphone giant, Huawei have reaffirmed commitment to a better connected Africa.
Huawei, one of the world’s leading Information and Communication Technology companies through its Senior Vice President, Mr. Charles Ding, disclosed this during a meeting with the Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy of the African Union, Dr. Elham Ibrahim. At the meeting, which was held at the African Union Specialized Technical Committee on Communication and Information Technologies (CCICT) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Mr. Ding declared the Chinese company’s readiness to partner with the AU.
During the conference, Dr. 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.”
Speaking during the meeting, Dr. Ding 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. While strengthening research and development capabilities, we promote people-to-people and technological exchanges, expand investment in the appropriate areas, and consequently to make greater contribution to poverty reduction and regional civilization.”
Huawei is also offering ICT training for 25 employees of AU in China in the near future as a measure of its goodwill.