Huawei to sponsor Namibians for ICT training

07 Oct 2014 17:20pm
WINDHOEK, 07 OCT (NAMPA) – Information and communication technology (ICT) company Huawei Namibia will sponsor 20 Namibians to study in the field of ICT.
ICT Minister Joel Kaapanda made the announcement on Monday during the launch of the Huawei road show and Huawei Demo Truck at the National ICT summit underway in the capital.
The minister said more detail about the scholarships will be announced soon in the local media, adding that it will benefit students from the University of Namibia and Polytechnic of Namibia.
“Huawei, a renowned ICT company in the world, is taking a step towards advancing the ICT knowledge society through public-private-partnership with the Namibian Government with the start of the Huawei Telecom Seed Training Programme. This initiative I truly welcome,” he said.
Kaapanda said the country’s National ICT Summit highlights and entrenches exactly these values of progressive partnerships, as these meaningful partnerships represent the way in which the government tackles the challenges that the country and citizens face.
The minister welcomed the Huawei Demo Truck on display, saying it is a clear testimony that the ICT industry worldwide is developing at an amazing rate, as it changes the way people live and enriches lives by bridging generations, creating diverse communities, igniting ideas, and tearing down communication barriers.
Speaking at the same occasion, Huawei Vice-President for Eastern and Southern Africa, James Yang said the idea to sponsor Namibian students come after Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob’s visit to Huawei headquarters in China in April this year.
Yang said the successful candidates will go through the Huawei ICT training programme at the Huawei University in China
Huawei is a leading global ICT solutions provider, which established end-to-end advantages in telecom networks, consumer devices and cloud computing.
“Our products and solutions have been deployed in over 140 countries, serving 45 of the top 50 telecom operators in the world and more than one third of the world’s population,” Yang said.
He stressed that the company’s revenue increases by 19 per cent year-on-year and achieve around 22 billion USD (N.dollars 247 billion)
Yang said Huawei Namibia is serving over one million Namibians with voice, Internet access and digital television using hundreds of radio stations and thousands of kilometres of fibre connectivity all over the country.
Huawei Namibia was established in 2005, and contributes over N.dollars 120 million in taxes.