Huawei to cultivate 1lakh digital in South Asia

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:22, May 20,2021


Huawei will support South Asian countries like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal to cultivate 100,000 digital talents over the next five years.

A Huawei spokesperson said this on Thursday at the Digital Talent Regional Summit held online, said a press release. 

Huawei will work joint-handedly with the governments, universities, and industrial partners. 

Themed ‘Cultivating a Talent Ecosystem for Inclusive Digital Prosperity,’ the summit brought together ministers and scholars from the three countries, experts and representatives from UNESCO and the ICT industry, to explore collaborative initiatives for closing the digital skill gaps and facilitating the digital transformation in the post-pandemic economic recovery. 

From Bangladesh, Zunaid Ahmed Palak, minister of state, Bangladesh Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology; professor Satya Prasad Majumder, vice-chancellor, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology; and Beatrice Kaldun, head of office and UNESCO representative to Bangladesh were present among others and shared their insights.

‘We believe the talent ecosystem is the cornerstone of the economic recovery and a long-lasting digital future. However, the lack of digital skills is one of the biggest challenges facing many countries,’ said Jay Chen, vice-president of Huawei Asia Pacific at the summit, adding, ‘In the next five years, Huawei expects to develop more than 100,000 ICT talent and build a vibrant digital talent ecosystem in this dynamic region, especially Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.’

Huawei is committed to this action and would like to build on its partnership with UNESCO, which started with the ‘TECH4ALL’ initiative in Africa, with the aim for global expansion. It is a long-term, digital inclusion initiative that targets empowering the world’s maximum population with essential digital skills,’ said Beatrice Kaldun.

During the pandemic, Huawei has cooperated with partners, including UNESCO, to provide digital solutions and online learning resources to students and professionals. Huawei plans to extend the digital talents cultivation initiatives and provide an end-to-end Huawei Talent Platform, which will help learners to improve their capabilities and assists them with career development by offering a one-stop service, covering the online course, examination, certification, and job seeking.

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