Chinese tech giant Huawei has announced an investment of $50 million to cultivate 500,000 digital talents for the Asia Pacific region over the next five years.
In his keynote speech at the recent Asia Pacific Innovation Day summit, Huawei president, Jeffery Liu said:
“Cultivating innovative ICT talent ecosystem is fundamental to the digital transformation. Leveraging shared innovations with win-win outcomes, we can harness the power of ICT skills to fly us into a digital future.”
Over the past 20 years, Huawei has also invested heavily in developing local digital talent. The company’s Seeds for the Future program has run in 15 Asia-Pacific countries and regions, and is designed to help around 5,000 students from over 90 universities.
Huawei has also been working with universities, and has established over 259 ICT academies in Asia-Pacific. Launched in 2019, the Huawei ASEAN Academy program has covered Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Cambodia, and will extend to even more countries in the future. In the past two years, Huawei has invested $10 million and trained more than 130,000 ICT talents in the Asia Pacific region through these programs.
Dr. CHEA Vandeth, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Cambodia, said:
“Many government institutions, universities, companies, and development partners have made significant progress towards these endeavors. I have noticed that Huawei Cambodia has put tremendous efforts into the ICT cultivation projects, including the Huawei Certificate Program to train and certify ICT students and employees.
“These are good practices for other institutions to benchmark for the betterment of our talent ecosystem in Cambodia as well as in the region,” he continued.
Sri Lanka Minister of Youth and Sports Namal Rajapaksa, said:
“We are delighted to see companies like Huawei are already taking action in cultivating the talents for the region.
“In the future, we look forward to cooperate with Huawei to build an innovative ecosystem bringing ICT knowledge to digital talents and empowering SMEs to better adapt to the digital transformation of our country,” he added.