The Government will co-operate with Huawei Technologies to offer various training programmes, especially in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to more than 10,000 Ghanaians.
Beneficiaries would include government officials, Civil Servants, students and professionals by 2024, to boost the country’s ICT talent pool.
This is aimed at facilitating the digital transformation agenda of the Government to stimulate the country’s economic growth.
A statement issued by Huawei in Accra said the decision was taken when a Huawei delegation, led by Mr Leo Chen, the company’s President for the Southern Africa Region, paid a working visit to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House.
This, according to the statement, is part of the Huawei’s commitment to Ghana’s digitalisation drive.
President Akufo-Addo commended the company’s contribution towards the nurturing of ICT talents in Ghana.
He welcomed the new collaboration to train over 10,000 Ghanaians in the next three years.
Accordingly, President Akufo-Addo directed the Ministries of Education, and Communications and Digitalisation to work with Huawei and the relevant state agencies to achieve the goal.
The President expressed satisfaction with Huawei’s activities in Ghana, and lauded their socio-economic contributions to the country through boosting connectivity, introducing new digital applications, and investing in digital literacy.
“I am very satisfied with Huawei in Ghana and also as a strategic ICT partner of the government. I wish Huawei all the best in their operations in Ghana, your success is our success as well,” President Akufo-Addo added.
Mr Leo Chen, Huawei’s President for the Southern Africa Region said Ghana had great potential to be the regional hub for digital services, with her improving infrastructure, robust economic performance, and business enabling environment.
He said investing in ICT was key to turning the country’s digital margins into social economic development towards an inclusive digital future.
Mr Tommy Zhou, the Managing Director for Huawei Ghana, reiterated the company’s commitment to Ghana, and said in 2018, Huawei made a promise to President Akufo-Addo to train 5,000 Ghanaians.
He said the company had exceeded that target, hence the new target of providing digital literacy to 10,000 Ghanaians by 2024.
“Huawei hopes to achieve this target through the Huawei ICT Training programme, which is targeted across the educational value chain, from basic education to the tertiary level.”
Mr Zhou said Huawei had contributed to Ghana’s economy by co-operating with more than 80 local suppliers, and sub-contractors to provide over 3,500 jobs in the country over the past five years.
“Huawei is committed and the company will continue to contribute meaningfully to the socio-economic development of the country,” he said.