05 Nov 2014 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 05 NOV (NAMPA) 20 government systems administrators will undergo a two-week training course in networking management and security in Shenzhen, China.
The first group of 10 systems administrators will be trained as from 09 to 23 November, while the second group of 10 will start from 01 December until 12 December 2014.
The training will be fully-sponsored by Chinese Information and Communication Technology (ICT) solutions provider Huawei Technologies Co. Limited under the Huawei Telecom Seeds for Future programme.
Speaking at the pre-mission briefing programme here on Tuesday, Huawei Namibia Managing Director Yin Xian Yu said the participants were selected from government ministries and agencies in consultation with the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) and the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
Yin said his company is committed to contributing to the development of ICT in the country by investing in the education and training of young Namibians.
We are here to contribute to the ICT development of the country through education and training, he emphasised.
Yin said the company will enter into a training partnership with the Namibia Institute for Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) to facilitate further specialised training for government information technology (IT) professionals in early 2015.
At the same occasion, the MICT Deputy Minister Stanley Simataa welcomed the gesture, saying this will alleviate the pressing need for improved IT skills and competencies within government institutions.
He stressed that the shortage of qualified IT engineers in government contributes to the challenges Namibia faces in network development, maintenance and security.
Simataa said skills upgrading training is very important, and has the potential to supplement the limited IT staff in Government.
The country currently faces an acute shortage of human capital in the field of information technology, and the skills gap demands urgent redress to enable the country to keep track of its development trajectory as stipulated in Vision 2030 and the National Development Plans.
The dearth of ICT skills places our country at risk of not reaping the dividends of embracing a digital economy, he stated.
The deputy minister thus urged the selected trainees to take the process seriously, and excel in their training to provide stability and reliability of government IT networks.
Huawei Technologies is a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider.
In Namibia, Huawei has relationships with the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and with Telecom Namibia for the delivery of Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) technology for high-speed Internet access.
Huawei is also a strategic partner of Mobile Telecommunications Limited (MTC).