The maiden edition of Huawei Day With The Media came off at the Tang Palace Hotel last Friday, 28th May 2021 — opening a new chapter between Huawei Ghana with the media as an ally.
The event was held to highlight Huawei Ghana’s contribution toward building the nation’s digital economy. For most people, the name Huawei is only synonymous with manufacturing smartphones and watches, however, there’s more to the Asian technology giant as it is involved in software design and development as well as Artificial or Advanced Intelligence (AI) aside making investments in the human resource of Ghana by providing skills training for citizens.
Read on to get an insider’s look at what Huawei Day With The Media attendees already know.
Huawei Day With The Media key highlights
Speaking at the event, Huawei Ghana’s Director of Public and Government Affairs, Jenny Zhou, touched on the collaborative work between her company and MTN Ghana in deploying and maintaining 2G, 3G, and 4G network across the country to help make communication a better experience in the country.
Till date, Huawei’s contribution towards the telecommunication structure of the country stands at 6700+ Km of fiber network and 3000+ wireless sites to connect 22 Million people and enrich the Ghanaian communication experience.
Education and Skills Training
Huawei ICT Talent (HIT) program
Through its Huawei ICT Talent (HIT) program, it has provided skills training for more than 5000 Ghanaian citizens from October 2018 till date. In 2020 alone, over 3000 citizens were trained with more than 1000 professionals receiving certification.
In line with this, Huawei Ghana made a commitment to H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo to provide ICT Skill Training to 10,000+ citizens by 2024.
Huawei’s plans for 2021 include training over 150 basic school teachers and District ICT Directors of the Ghana Education Service (GES) under the TOSS (Technology-enabled Open School System) Project which will be piloted in basic schools to benefit over a thousand students — among many other training projects.
Seeds For The Future
Launched in 2015, Huawei’s flagship Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program has been giving Ghanaian tertiary students the opportunity to experience China’s culture and technology. A hundred and ten (110) Ghanaian tertiary students offering courses in engineering and the sciences have benefited from the program since its inception.
Also read: Seeds Of The Future has given us new perspective on ICT
So far, 60 students from Ghana have experienced study trips to China as part of the initiative. This afforded the students the opportunity of visiting the Huawei Labs as well as interacting with top professionals in the company.
Last year, due to the pandemic, there were no trips as nations put travel bans and lockdowns into force. However, the program went digital and students got to experience the program regardless of their physical location in the world.
The Ghanaian government through two of its Ministries — Communication and Education — in addition to NGOs such as UNESCO, were on board the 2020 digital experience as partners of that year’s edition.
Huawei ICT Academy program
The tech giant has since 2015 been working with the Government of Ghana as well as education institutions and industry associations and partners, to help promote the construction of an ICT talent ecosystem. Last year, 2020, the Huawei Study At Home program was introduced for the ICT Academy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. After its introduction, over 2000 students took part and were trained with more than 700 of them getting HCIA and HCIP certified.
A free 5G training designed for tertiary students was also introduced with over 500 students getting to experience and (or) benefit from the program.
Huawei in Ghana — The numbers
Huawei Technologies (Ghana) S.A Ltd. was registered in 2005 after the company first entered the local market in 2001. In the 20 years, it has been in operation, its staff strength has grown and it is currently in excess of 800, with a localization rate of 90%.
In the last 4 years (2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020), the company has paid corporate-related tax totalling GH¢45 million, GH¢64 million, GH¢84 million and GH¢92 million respectively for each of the years, and as the company continues to grow and be profitable, the Ghanaian economy will derive bigger benefits in that regard.
Its collaboration with local suppliers (80+) in the last 5 years has created an impressive 3500+ jobs.
Corporate Social Responsibility(CSR)
Huawei started “Seeds For The Future” in 2015 — a program that offers brilliant university students in Ghana some first-hand learning opportunities by witnessing the latest ICT technology and how they were being utilized in China.
For four years running — in 2015, 2016，2017 and 2018 — Huawei has adjudged the CSR ICT company of the year for its initiatives in giving back to society.
Huawei renovated the Accra Main Library — donating ICT equipment to Ghana Laboratory Bureau, aside providing four ICT laboratories to 4 main public universities.
“For many tech-inclined individuals like myself, Huawei went from marketing smartphones with basic functionality in the early 2010s to becoming this manufacturer whose products will comfortably compete with any flagship smartphone on any given day. An impressive turn of events.
Aside the smart gadgets and other computing devices such as laptops, I’m personally intrigued by how willing Huawei is to test the limits of Artificial or Advanced Intelligence (AI) as the company terms it and see how far it can go in making the world better. And when you talk about social awareness, Huawei’s desire to remain a socially responsible corporate organization cannot be overstated because the evidence is clear and visible.
Huawei’s growth should be a source of excitement and inspiration for anyone whose interest is in the future of AI and smart technology.
I am deliberate, so I like businesses and organizations that are deliberate with their progress and overall game plan. Huawei’s technology is a beauty to experience, and, long may it continue.” John-Bunya Klutse
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