Huawei has launched an ICT Talent Ecosystem Program in Sub-Sahara Africa at Africacom 2018, the largest telecommunications event in Africa, being held in Cape Town.
Speaking on the project, Services Director of the Huawei Enterprise Business Group for Southern Africa Region, Michael Meng, said the intervention was to address the critical shortage of skilled ICT professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa which hampers the growth of a thriving ICT sector, which underpins economic growth, saying Huawei has partnered with UNESCO, the United Nations agency for Education, Science and Culture, African universities and industry to cultivate local ICT talent and develop a sustainable ICT ecosystem.
Meng further said that Huawei carries out several ICT certification programs including the Huawei ICT Academy and Huawei Authorised Learning Partner (HALP), for university students and industry practitioners, providing industry recognized certification HCNA, HCNP, HCIE, across extensive ICT technologies, such as Routing and Switching, Storage, Cloud Computing, Security, etc., as part of this ecosystem, adding the company also organises events including an ICT Competition and Career Expos for tertiary students in order to promote a greater understanding of and interest in ICT related job opportunities.
“We are launching this platform to demonstrate that the young talent in Sub-Sahara Africa have the potential to mature into world-class experts. Today, we re-dedicate ourselves to working even more closely with partners across the continent to better equip the next generation of technology leaders by enhancing industry-academic cooperation, we, as an international ICT Company, hope to make our contribution to achieving the continent’s development goals,” he said.
Huawei launched the 2018 ICT Competition in June in more than 10 sub-Saharan Africa countries, including South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya and Zambia, under the slogan of “Connection Glory, Future,” this event has attracted more than 20,000 participants.