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How Huawei Is Helping Industries Transform From Energy Consumers To Energy Producers

Huawei Monday demonstrated its commitment to Africa’s energy transition, while also showcasing the full range of its latest solar PV and green home and business solutions, at the Solar Power Africa Conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

In his keynote address to the conference attendees, Xia Hesheng, President of Huawei Digital Power Sub-Saharan Africa Region, pointed out that “Carbon Neutrality” has become a global consensus. Low carbonisation, digitalisation and intelligence will definitely be a deterministic trend in the next 30 or 40 years.

However, digitalisation and intelligence are all supported by computing power that consumes a huge amount of electricity, which is now driving the urgency for the development of clean energy.

And, solar as the main renewable energy, driven by three key factors; low carbon, digitalisation and intelligence, is growing rapidly. Renewable energy will therefore become the main energy resource. 

Hesheng expanded that Africa urgently needs solar energy to address its energy shortage challenges. “Worsening load shedding and rising energy costs are seriously impacting our lives, productivity, and ability to engage meaningfully in economic activity,” he said.    

“Huawei believes that what it calls “4T” Technologies, will drive the development of Africa’s renewable energy: watT, heaT, baTtery and biT. Over its 25 years of operating in Sub Sahran Africa, Huawei has a deep understanding of the region’s energy and technology requirements. We are committed to utilise Huawei's digital power energy technologies to build a better Africa and bring clean energy to more people, families, and organisations,” continued Hesheng. 

Huawei called on every organisation to take action to transform from energy consumers to energy producers. 

Xia illustrated how Huawei itself is doing so, using two examples from its work in South Africa. The first is Huawei's Johannesburg campus, where all 18 buildings and parking garages are covered with solar panels, supporting a solar system which provides 1500KWh/day.

Another example, is the Waterkloof Winery in Cape Town, where Huawei has worked with a local partner, to provide a clean energy solution. A cluster of solar panels on the winery's roof generates 1100KWh/Day of green electricity to the winery. 

“We are happy to see that more enterprises, organisations, and families are actively taking action to change from pure energy consumers to energy producers. We want to use this occasion to call on more stakeholders to join us in this great transformation, let’s use our abundant natural resource, sunshine, to address today's energy challenges, and in so doing, contribute to a carbon-neutral future,” concluded Hesheng.

Together, from Energy Consumers to Energy Producers, we can build a green Africa.

Uganda Fast-Tracking Digital To Achieve Digital Vision 2040 - Chris Baryomunsi

The Minister of ICT and National Guidance Hon. Chris Baryomunsi says government of Uganda is fast-tracking digital in order to achieve the 2040 digital vision. He made these remarks Tuesday at the Huawei ICT Congress 2020 held at Sheraton Hotel Kampala.

In attendance was NITA-U’s Hatwib Mugasa, Huawei Vice president of Carrier Business Group Southern Africa Mad Chen, Huawei Vice President of Enterprise Business group Amy Xia and Huawei Uganda MD Gaofei.

The Huawei ICT Congress 2022 is a mirror of the Mobile World Congress always held in Barcelona where Huawei has been a top exhibitor showcasing the latest technology.

The Huawei ICT Congress 2022 with the theme “Lighting up the Future” organized by Huawei Uganda is aimed at helping businesses and ICT users such as governments, telecoms, regulators and enterprises innovate business models, improve quality and efficiency, enhance experience, and strengthen resilience in their digital work and productivity, and digital service processes.

Huawei exhibited technology in smart homes, smart offices, cloud solutions, safe and smart cities and so much more. This is the first of its kind by Huawei in Africa and looks to do many more the coming years.

According to Chris Baryomunsi, ICT is now Uganda’s fastest growing sector and is also a major driver to Uganda’s Middle-income status just as the 2040 Digital vision states.

He emphasized that because of this reason, the government is fast-tracking digital to harness new emerging technologies such as those exhibited at Huawei congress. 

“We however look to harness new emerging technologies such as those exhibited by Huawei at Barcelona and today for more fruit. We need to look to the future of digital and start implementing the necessary digital infrastructure so that we are not left behind.

In building robust ultra-high speed, pervasive, intelligent and trusted high speed ICT infrastructure all over the country, the government has diligently worked towards expanding the nation’s digitalization in a number of fields, in order to unleash the multiplier effect of ICT on associated secondary and tertiary industries for tremendous impact on the economy.

Thanks to NITA-U, UCC and other players in this regard. These efforts have borne fruit. ICT is now Uganda’s fastest growing sector and contributes significantly to its GDP”, he said.  

Hon Chris Baryomunsi further thanked Huawei for organizing the congress that has made technologies that have always been talked about like 5G, A.I and many others real.

“One of the reasons why we came up with the 2040 Uganda Digital vision is to effectively use and encourage adoption of mature and emerging technologies. So I am deeply impressed by their advanced technology, especially their achievements in network security and 5G technology” 

Huawei’s Vice President of Carrier Business Group Southern Africa Mr. Mad Chen emphasized Huawei’s commitment to working together with the government of Uganda to achieve its digital vision of 2040. 

“We are innovating and inventing for the fast approaching digital world and economy. We have invested heavily in our R&D to light the way forward for you and me.

Huawei will continue to play its part in helping its customers achieve digitization by; increasing strategic investment into foundational technologies to reshape the technical paradigm, and continuing with its globalization strategy, in standards, talent, supply chain and much more.

In Uganda, we hope to continue working together with the Ministry of ICT, NITA-U and all other regulators in Uganda to help you achieve the 2040 Digital Uganda Vision,” he said.

Makerere University, Muni University Make Uganda Proud At 2021 – 2022 Sub Saharan Africa Huawei Global ICT Competition

Huawei, a leading ICT global solutions provider has announced the results of the 2021-2022 Huawei global ICT competition Sub Saharan Africa.

Under the theme of “Connection, Glory, Future”, the nine month long Huawei ICT competition for Sub Saharan Africa was finalized on 19th February, with over 16 countries and 38 teams sitting for written and laboratory exams. The competition attracted over 15,000 participants from Sub-Saharan Africa from 500 universities. 

Globally the Huawei ICT Competition 2021 covered over 80 countries worldwide, with 150 000 contestants from more than 2,000 universities and colleges. Launched in the African region just six years ago, the Huawei ICT Competition has developed into the largest ICT skills competition in Africa and the world atlarge.

Team Uganda was represented by Makerere University which took 12 students and Muni University which took three students out of the 750 students that registered in 2021. Three students from Makerere took first position and then the other six from Makerere and Muni took second position respectively. These shall now proceed to the global finals in China to compete at global level in May this year.

According to the Huawei Uganda Public Relations Director, Mr Gaojian, “Huawei Uganda approached over 15 universities and interested them in the 2021 ICT Competition. We registered 750 students and opened for them our free online learning platforms in the various courses of Network and cloud. The network track consists of Datacom, Security and Wireless Lan while Cloud track consists of Artificial intelligence, Big Data, Cloud Computing and Storage. These studied and were subjected to preliminary exams, national exams and Regional exams where we attained the first and second position.”

Michelle Chemutai, a telecom engineer, at Makerere University and one of the winners expressed her gratitude to the exposure Huawei had accorded to them.

“The competition was very intimidating and at the same time exciting. The thought of competing with creme de la creme teams from different countries was frightening. Taking the first position made me really feel good about myself and increased my self-confidence. Thanks to Huawei,” she said.

She added that, “This competition was a new experience for me as an individual. it taught me team work and coordination and that hard work actually pays off. This competition literally forced us to give in our best. Also, I got a lot of exposure in the network field and learnt how to do the practical lab configurations that isn't taught at the university.”

With a series of talent ecosystem campaigns in Sub Saharan Africa, including the ICT competition, Huawei hopes to skill up more than 700,000 ICT professionals by 2023.

Huawei Cements Position As Top African Employer

Global ICT leader Huawei’s Sub-Saharan African region has achieved Continental HQ Certification for 2022 from the Top Employer Institute after being accredited in 9 countries.  These are South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, Botswana, Mauritius and Uganda. 

The Top Employer Institute is a global authority on excellence in people practices. Through the Top Employers Institute certification programme, participating companies are annually assessed, surveyed and accredited as leading employers in respect of their Human Resources practices. 

Coming at a time when COVID-19 has disrupted life and working conditions for people and organisations around the world, the award underlines the work Huawei has done to ensure that its employees across the region feel valued and cared for. 

Throughout the pandemic, Huawei ensured that its employees were a top priority and placed an even greater emphasis on their well-being. This, together with the initiatives it’s built to ensure a strong pipeline of ICT talent in each of the countries it operates in, has helped cement Huawei’s position as an employer of choice.  

“This is a remarkable achievement for Huawei Africa, in recognition of our commitment and continued focus towards implementing HR best practices within our region,” says Huawei Southern Africa Region, HR Director Chen Yu. 

“As an organisation, we understand that the intellectual capital provided by our diversified workforce is our biggest asset, so we constantly strive to provide the best people practices.” 

Top Employers Institute CEO David Plink, says the past two years have impacted organisations across the world. “Huawei has continued to show that it prioritises maintaining excellent people practices in their workplace. In the past year, they continued to meet the challenges of the wider world of work while working determinedly to positively impact the lives of their workforce.” 

The Top Employers Institute programme, established over 30 years ago, has certified over 1857 organisations in 123 countries/regions. These certified Top Employers positively impact the lives of over 8 million employees globally. The Top Employers Institute programme certifies organisations based on the results of its HR Best Practices Audit carried out on each organisation after the completion of a highly intense survey. The survey covers topics such as people strategy, work environment, talent acquisition, learning, well-being, diversity, change management, performance management, culture and more.

Huawei ICT Competition Keeps Inspiring African Students To Chase Their ICT Passions

Under the theme of "Connection, Glory, Future", the Huawei ICT Competition is sailing through its 6th year in Sub-Saharan Africa, with 15,000 students from up to 500 top universities and colleges in 17 countries participating, making it the largest ICT skill competition in the region.

At the current stage, 6 countries have completed the country-level Huawei ICT Competition. Outstanding teams will compete in the Sub-Saharan African finals, which is scheduled to kick off in February, 2022.

Over the past 5 years, the competition has attracted over 80,000 passionate ICT students, with 21 teams entering the global finals, further incentivizing contestants to excel in this field.

The 2019-2020 Competition marks a historic milestone for Sub-Saharan Africa. Two teams from Nigeria won the Grand Prize of both the Network Track and Cloud Track, while 3 teams from Kenya, Uganda, and Mauritius were joint first prize winners.

Globally the Huawei ICT Competition 2021-2022 has covered over 70 countries worldwide, with a total of over 130 teams competing. The global finals are expected to happen in May of 2022.

To encourage broader participation, the 2021-2022 competition will still be virtual. Besides the traditional Network and Cloud Track, it will also officially introduce an Innovation Track. Contestants will design innovative solutions targeting general well-being, such as environment protection and closing social gaps, by utilising Huawei technologies including Huawei Cloud.

Last year, the Mazingira Team, from Kenya took part in the invitational competition. They presented a solution called Wildfire PrediTec, to detect, analyse, predict and prevent wildfires, designed on Huawei IOT and AI platforms.

The Huawei ICT Competition also opens up bigger opportunities to participants. As of today, the competition-related training helped over 350 students receive job offers.

With a series of talent development campaigns in Sub Saharan Africa, including the ICT competition, Huawei hopes to skill up more than 700,000 ICT professionals by 2023. The aim is to bridge the ICT talent gap, increase academia-industry communication, and advance the digital transformation of industries.

Ultimate Media Consult Equips Ugandan Journalists With Multimedia & Digital Skills At Training Held In Fort Portal City

Journalists who attended a four day Multimedia Journalism and Digital Skills training in Fort Portal City say the resourceful engagement has made them better news story tellers and digital content creators having acquired new communication skills.

Ultimate Media Consult (UMC) in partnership with the US Mission in Uganda (US Embassy) trained 30 journalists from across Uganda. This is the third year that the partnership has trained journalists, journalism students and journalism lecturers across the country.

Gerald Businge, the managing director of UMC said the skills and knowledge based training is aimed at producing quality multimedia content that the audience can consume on phones and computers.

Tonny Kujawa, US Mission in Uganda spokesperson noted that in the advent of citizen journalism, there is a greater need for journalists to interrogate information online, help decipher facts from fiction and put context to the issues at hand.

"Journalism plays a key role to verify this information and now they can do it using online tools. Being able to present this information clearly using digital skills is very important," Kujawa said in his address to the trainees via a Zoom video link.

Joan Salmon, a journalist working with Daily Monitor described the opportunity to be part of the training as 'honour and privilege' to 'improve skills'.

"What we have learnt here is very insightful and we believe that going on forward, we will better our resourcing and we will present our information in a multimedia sense that will enable the public to benefit from it," she noted.

Aaron Ainemugisha of Rise News Uganda in Mbarara believes that the training sessions will improve the way they report and the content they put out but he however noted that there is still some gaps that need to be addressed and more journalists to train and therefore more support is needed.

Job Namanya, a New Vision journalist based in Kigezi sub region asserted that sustainability of these skills is going to be hard because some journalists don’t have efficient tools that can help them deliver as expected.

"Some of our colleagues work from remote areas where accessing internet connection is a serious problem," he explained, before requesting the US Embassy to sponsor regional ICT hubs where journalists can go to practice the skills acquired in such training.

Journalists were equipped with skills in multimedia storytelling and good journalism, multimedia content packaging, blogging, social media and journalism, graphic design and digital advertising and audio and video production.

Other topics included content curation and aggregation, new media thinking, crowd sourcing journalism, fact checking and verification, internet and journalism, digital security and safety, live reporting, new media revenue tools, story boarding, immersive content development among others. 

The advancement in technological and innovations has cause a major shift in how journalism is practiced, how news is delivered and consumed. Technology has given birth to what is now called new media trading along the traditional media of newspapers, radio, television and word of mouth.

Now we have the internet which has diversified how news is published and how how audio and video are shared. The internet has taken the news to people’s computers and mobile phones. Now journalists must adapt to these changes and continues delivering news sufficiently.




Key 5G Cyber Security Strategies

Cyber security is a growing concern in all parts of the world, with the roll out of 5G networks in many countries, building effective 5G cyber security strategies will be key for protecting networks and end-user data. 

Key 5G cyber security challenges include multiple domains, multi-services, and multi-access which present threats such as security complexity to deal with multiple levels across domains, more dynamic and multifaced attacks, plus the perimeter security model becoming insufficient respectively. 

In 2020, Huawei passed the 5G Core (5GC) Network equipment Security Assurance Scheme (NESAS) and Security Assurance Specifications (SCAS) assessment becoming the first company to complete GSMA's NESAS evaluation. 

NESAS includes security assessments of vendor development, product lifecycle processes, and Security Assurance Specifications, it acts as a mobile industry-wide network security evaluation framework that is efficient and open to evolution. 

Objectively NESAS measures how secure a network product is and Huawei having passed the assessment, is supporting GSMA and 3GPP on developing globally standardized security evaluations. By this standard, key 5G cyber security strategies must include the following standards. 

  1. A Layered 5G Cyber Security Model Renowned in the Industry 

The 3-layer security model is widely accepted in the telecommunications industry including institutions like 3GPP, 5G PPP, among others. 

On Layer 1 product security through standard compliance, SDL security development life cycle and NE protection are realized with operation devices including base stations, routers, and the network core. 

Layer 2 network security involves secure deployment of network equipment, connection to the 5G Core, O&M security, and network protection. To the top, layer 3 involves application security, sp compliance, and service protection to terminal and vertical application providers including device apps. 

As listed through the layered security model, 5G security requires "shared responsibility" among different stakeholders at all levels of operation. 

  1. Top-level Design Principles for 5G Cyber Security 

When Level 2 Network security is combined with level 1 product security, basic principles on 5G cyber security can be achieved. Principal 1 involves in-depth defense, and includes protection against border intrusion and lateral movement attacks with Anti-Dos, access control, encryption, and anti-tampering as key mechanisms. 

Principle 2 Zero trust @ 5G involves continuous evaluation and dynamic authorization with anti-spoofing, and anti-elevation of privilege as execution mechanisms. 

Principal 3 on adaptive security involves dynamic, continuous optimization based on Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover (IPDRR) with continuous detection and proactive closed-loop control as key mechanisms. 

  1. Adaptive Security: Continuous Detection and Proactive Closed-Loop Based on the IPDRR Methodology 

Intelligent analysis, automatic forensics, confirmation, and policy distribution contribute to the integration of adaptive security through building intrinsic 5G security capabilities and developing dynamic security solutions that are continuously optimized in form of a cycle. 


To build effective 5G cyber security strategies, it's important to note that 5G cyber security is a shared responsibility of key stakeholders such as Mobile Network Operators (MNOs), vendors, application providers, and regulators. 

Report is from Huawei Uganda 5G Expert Mr. Franklin.

AfricaCom 2021: What We Need To Build A Digitally Transformed Africa

Huawei Technologies hosted the Digital Africa Summit, which took place during AfricaCom, last week, with expert speakers engaging on Africa’s digital transformation, the strides made during the Covid 19 pandemic and the path still ahead. 

While Africa has come far in the past 18 months in its digital transformation, there is still much potential to fully embrace digital transformation and equip the continent’s youth with the skills they need to thrive in a digital economy. 

Achieving this transformation, however, means going beyond simply adapting and evolving new technologies to old ways of doing things. It requires a full commitment to a ground-up transformation without delay.

When it comes to seeing the benefits of taking this fully committed approach to digital transformation, African leaders can look to examples from their own continent as well as further abroad. 

As Yang Chen, VP, Huawei Southern Africa pointed out, the digital economy already accounts for more than five percent of GDP in some African countries and that number could be more than doubled in countries that take a committed approach to digital transformation. 

“Digitalisation spurs the development of new industries such as ecommerce and eGovernment,” he said. “It also disrupts existing industries to ensure lower costs and higher productivity and can empower emerging technologies like renewable energy.”

“Digital technologies also increase economic resilience against shocks like COVID-19,” he added. 

That was backed up by Joe Mucheru, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communications. 

“Last year, when COVID-19 hit, the ICT sector was one of the few to grow exponentially,” he said. 

But in order for that resilience and the wider opportunities of digital transformation to be realised, the right kind of environment needs to be created. 

“Digital transformation cannot happen unless barriers to growth are reduced or completely removed,” said Chen. “Investment in infrastructure is also key to a digitally transformed economy.” 

Decision-makers, particularly in government are key to removing these barriers who often worry about the risk of putting their energy behind any one specific technology. 

But, as Sharoda Rapeti, Non-Executive Director, Delta Partners pointed out, “delaying decisions creates a multitude of risks which has a massive impact on the economy.” 

Instead, she suggests that governments do as much as they can to “create critical mass to put their countries on their way to a digital economy.” 

The opportunity, she believes, lies in owning the verticals not yet claimed by the big technology platforms, as well as bringing digital technology to traditional areas of strength such as minerals and agriculture. 

Most crucial, however, is the building of digital skills, especially among young people. “How much are we leveraging scarce skills to build a digital economy?”, she asked. 

As John Omo, Secretary-General of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), pointed out COVID-19 illustrated how wide the skills gap is in Africa. 

“It was not just the lack of access to technology, that led to African economies falling behind during the pandemic, but also the lack of skills,” he said. “This situation provoked the realisation that as much as we must increase coverage, we must address the skills among youth” 

An example of a country that has successfully embraced digital transformation is China, which now has the biggest broadband network in the world and is home to the vast majority of the globe’s 5G base stations. 

“China is also an example of how technology is embedded within the economy,” said Rapeti, who pointed out that mobile payments in that country now make up 16% of its GDP. 

And, as Chen Hui, Deputy Director of Industry and Planning Research Institute CAICT, pointed out, the overall digital economy accounts for 38.6% of China’s GDP and employs more than 200-million people.

In Africa, some countries are seeing the benefits of digital transformation and have set it as a national priority. 

Among the most countries with the most advanced digital transformation programmes are Botswana and Kenya. 

“Botswana has developed a digital transformation strategy called SmartBots to deliver government services,” said Thulaganyo Merafe Segokgo , Botswana’s Minister of Transport and Communications. “Implementations of these programmes continue to help Botswana develop into a knowledge-based economy.” 

The aim, he said, is to put all government services online within the next three years. 

“There is the opportunity for accelerated growth with the right investments,” he added, pointing out that partnerships with private companies such as Huawei are crucial to achieving it. 

According to Mucheru, Kenya intends to keep its “momentum going and speed up the development of the digital economy.”  

“We believe we can address the critical issues needed to enable a digital economy,” he added. “The government strongly believes in partnership with the private sector, including Huawei. Going forward, we will be focusing more on driving innovation at the grassroots level.” 

“Every economy around the world is looking for the skills to build the digital world,” Chen concluded, adding that Africa can benefit from that. “By cultivating inclusion, we cultivate the ability to strive and progress.”

Huawei Cloud - A GDPR Compliant Cloud Service Provider

The General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (GDPR) is a regulation in the law on data protection and privacy in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA). The regulation also addresses the transfer of personal data outside the EU and EEA areas with a primary aim to enhance individuals' control and rights over their personal data, as well as to simplify the regulatory environment for international business.

The regulation has become a model for many other national laws outside Europe, including United Kingdom, Turkey, Mauritius, Chile, Japan, Brazil, South Korea, Argentina and Kenya, among many others.

In the Cloud context, Huawei acts as a data processor, where controllers (usually the customer) using Huawei solutions, maintain control over data hosted on this infrastructure. This includes security configuration controls for handling end-user contents and personal data.

Then, Huawei only processes personal data as instructed by the data controller. This gives the data controller (end user) full control on his/her data hosted on Huawei Cloud which ensures privacy protection through 3 phases.

Privacy protection from solution design

By default, privacy protection requirements are incorporated into the development life-cycle from the early stages of Huawei Cloud products and solutions.

From concept, external privacy protection requirement analysis is performed to meet customer privacy protection requirements, privacy protection requirements in target markets and best privacy protection practices in the industry.

At the design stage, privacy protection risk analysis and design ensures that PIA and PbD incorporated into a spoofing, tampering, repudiation, denial of service, elevation of privilege (STRIDE) threat analysis model, also compliance with privacy protection guidelines is considered during the planning phase.

To test the quality of service (Qos), privacy protect testing undergoes a series of tests on products including solution, cases and verification tests in addition to Independent protection acceptance by the independent cyber security lab (ICSL) before product release.

Completed the rectification for 27 product versions before GDPR enforcement. After GDPR enforcement, all product versions must strictly follow the requirements.

Privacy Protection Guidelines has released 4 versions on an Annual Basis.

Privacy protection from process design

By process design, Huwei Cloud set up a top down governance architecture to ensure effective execution and supervision of activities. Led by the Global cyber security and user privacy protection committee chaired by a Rotating chairman, the global cyber security & privacy officer (GSPO) ensures privacy, security and legal affairs are tabled to meet industry standards.

Data Subject Rights are protected by developing explicit management requirements, processes and unified IT systems (PDMR). These include the right to know, access, receitifcation, erasure, restriction of procession, data portability, object, automated decision-making and profiling.

The process includes service level agreement (SLA), request acceptance, handling, result feedback and request closure before redirection to the IT platform.

On the frontend users can submit questions about personal data on the Huawei official website. Each background function has dedicated personnel to handle user questions within a specified time, ensuring that all requests can be handled within the legally stipulated period. 

Also Huawei has developed 12 types of deterministic push down automaton (DPA) and due deligence (DD) templates based on the categories and delivery scenarios of GDPR suppliers. As per GDPR requirements, all GDPR suppliers involved in the cooperation with Huawei must sign the DPAs and conduct DD to compliance with GDPR to process personal data.

Privacy protection via a range of technologies

HUAWEI CLOUD customers have access to a range of privacy protection technologies, these include, access control and identity authentication, data encryption, log and audit, and related privacy enhancing technologies (PETs).

PETs include equivalence class, differential privacy, anti-tracking, blockchain-based private payment, privacy-preserving computation, data masking, searchable encryption, among other technologies.

The HUAWEI CLOUD cyber security and privacy protection capabilities are widely recognized around the world. So far, the cloud computing platform has earned certifications from more than 10 global organizations, these include the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), CSA Star Cloud Security, AICPA certifications, SOC 1 Type II Report, SOC 2 Type II Report, SOC 3 Report and ISO certifications 2015,2017,2019.

In summary, Huawei Cloud is a GDPR compliant service provider that not only ranks 5th in the cloud computing market, but now offers global customer privacy protection for every service and server instances hosted on the platform.

A Report by the Huawei Uganda Global Cyber security & Privacy Officer (GSPO) Mr. John

ICT Minister Says Uganda To Be Region’s Top ICT Hub

The Minister of ICT and National Guidance and the Managing Director Huawei Uganda, Mr. Gao Fei launched the Huawei ICT Talent Development Report in Kampala on Friday 27th August 2021 at Kampala Serena Hotel.

Research shows that people and organizations' ability to access and use ICT services is more likely to drive economic development than ICT education and skills.   

Outstanding lecturer Mr. Olinga Peter John who trained the winners of the Huawei ICT Competition in 2020 both regional and global level. 

Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Dr. Chris Baryomunsi awarding Mr. Olinga Peter John the outstanding lecturer in 2020 at the Huawei ICT Academy. 

He lauded initiatives such as the Huawei ICT Academy, Huawei ICT Competition, and Huawei Seeds for the future among others as helping to make Uganda realize its 2040 vision and 2014 National ICT Policy sooner since through initiatives such as these that involve skilling of young people, Uganda achieve socio-economic Development and be relevant in the new digital era. 

The Minister of ICT and National Guidance said, “ICT is a critical part to Uganda’s socio-economic development and big enabler of job creation, business growth, innovation, export, and efficient public service delivery.” 

The ICT minister revealed that Uganda wants to be the region’s top ICT-enabled country and to realise this digital transformation young people should have the skills, passion, determination and support to develop and use their ICT skills to drive this country forward.

He added that Government needs partners in private sector such as Huawei, not only in implementing technology solutions, but more importantly in working together to build the skills in our current and future workforce. 

“The NRM government have put digital upskilling a top priority and this is witnessed in the Vision 2040. Which is, Uganda shall develop and improve its ICT capacity, building efforts by adopting globally-benchmarked, industry-rated skills assessments, and training and certification standards. These efforts will be coupled with international industry collaboration in testing and certification standards,” he said.

The ICT minister said Uganda’s National ICT policy of 2014 highlights strategies of human resource development including inclusion of a comprehensive and regularly updated computer literacy module in the curriculum at all levels of education using international benchmarks as a reference. 

Huawei has been playing an active role in Uganda’s digital transformation through technological infrastructure and digital upskilling. This has been the case since 2007 when Huawei started its collaboration with the Ministry of ICT when the National Backbone infrastructure project commenced. 

Huawei ICT Development Report 2021 launch was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister Rukia Nakaddama Isanga, Minister of Education - higher education Hon. Dr JC Muyingo, and Chinese embassy

Representative (the economic and commercial counsellor) Mrs. Jiang Jiqing and the Huawei Southern Africa regional VP Mr. Frank Yang Chen among others.

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