Huawei, a leading global provider of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices, is to sign cooperation agreements with the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Education to popularise 5G, AI, and Cloud in Ghana.
The Company is also to train 10,000 Ghanaians in the next three years in support of Ghana’s vision of becoming the digital hub of the African continent.
Ms Jenny Zhou, the Director, Public Affairs of Huawei Ghana, told the media the Company had already trained 5,000 government officials, industry players and students from October 2018 to 2020 in ICT skills and that Huawei was committed to making Ghana an ICT hub.
She said in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the Huawei University Talent programme and #TECH4ALL initiative would “offer Huawei ICT Academy, seeds for the future and open school systems,” among other things and called for support from stakeholders.
The Public Affairs Director said Huawei’s target for this year under its cooperation with the Ministry of Communications was to train more government officials, site engineers and riggers, industry partners and support the Ghana IP Club.
“As the ICT strategic partner of the Ghanaian government, Huawei will continue to train more ICT talents for Ghana, operate legally, and promote the socio-economic development of Ghana with the support of the government and your Excellency the President,” she said.
Ms Zhou said apart from skills development, Huawei was contributing greatly to job creation and the growth of the local economy.
She said in 2020, for instance, it paid a total of GHC92 million in various taxes and in the past five years, the local purchase amount in Ghana exceeded GHC1,180 million adding that there were more than 80 local subcontractor partners in Ghana.
“In the past five years, an average of 3,500 local jobs were created each year,” Ms Zhou said.
Deputy Managing Director, Huawei Ghana, Kweku Essuman Quansah, said the Company’s business went beyond the manufacturing of handset and devices with its goal to ensure a “fully connected and intelligent Ghana.”