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Government in partnership with Huawei to grow ICT

By Standard Reporter | Published Fri, October 13th 2017 at 15:46, Updated October 13th 2017 at 15:55 GMT +3

NAIROBI, KENYA: Huawei Technologies has renewed partnership with the government to improve provision of ICT skills, build capacity as well as infrastructure and IT services in the country.

Huawei’s deputy CEO Frank Zhou said the company is keen on partnering with the government and other agencies on ICT projects that will go a long way in boosting the country’s economy.

“For us signing of this understanding is proof of our continued commitment towards growing the ICT sector in Kenya”, said Mr. Zhou.

According to a report by the World Bank and Huawei connectivity index, there is a direct co-relation between ICT development and the growth of a country’s economy.

Principal Secretary Ministry of ICT Mr. Victor Kyalo said that there are various opportunities available for ICT students.

“In the last two years, the government has created an ecosystem with ICT opportunities for young people through programs Seeds for the Future and the Presidential Digital Talent Programme; and it is up to the young people to take this up for their benefit”, said Kyalo.

Under the previous MoU with the ICT Authority, 100 students got internship opportunities at the Huawei Kenya offices, and sponsoring another 28 to go to China for ICT training.

Other key achievements were through support of youth initiatives, industry development, training and using ICT for development activities.

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