By Our Reporter
The African Telecommunications Union (ATU) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with tech large Huawei that can see African international locations and organisations construct capability for ICT transformation.
Beneath the settlement, Huawei will present coaching on abilities improvement, together with reskilling and upskilling for ATU members. The MoU can even see the 2 organisations collaborate to help native innovation, share info on the newest traits, challenges and options in Africa and globally, and increase the digital financial system in addition to rural connectivity, within the continent, by means of furthering analysis.
A 2019 report by the United Nations Convention on Commerce and Improvement (UNCTAD) on digital economies established that Africa and Latin America collectively account for lower than 5 per cent of the world’s knowledge facilities. If left unaddressed, the report concluded, divides will worsen present earnings inequalities. This, coupled with the truth that in least developed international locations (LDCs), just one in 5 individuals use the Web as in contrast with 4 out of 5 in developed international locations, is a part of the motivation for the Huawei-ATU partnership.
Talking throughout the signing ceremony held in Nairobi-Kenya on the ATU headquarters, Mr. John OMO, Secretary-Basic of the ATU, praised Huawei for his or her contribution to Africa: “Huawei has reworked connectivity and made a serious contribution to the continent by means of its investments in digital infrastructure, ICT abilities, environmentally-friendly connectivity options, and cutting-edge applied sciences for rural areas. The organisation is a trusted improvement associate of Africa. The doc we’re signing at the moment goals at strengthening this partnership.”
He added: “Africa has an amazing alternative to completely grasp the potential from new applied sciences.”
The 2 organisations have an extended historical past of working collectively and this new settlement will help African international locations, regulators, and residents profit from the transition to a digital financial system, undertake new applied sciences, promote safe and resilient networks, and achieve the digital abilities essential to drive their economies ahead.
Samuel Chen, Vice President at Huawei Southern Africa area thanked the ATU for management and promotion of ICTs in Africa: “The ATU is taking part in a crucial function within the area supporting member international locations with their insurance policies and techniques, sharing finest practices, constructing capability and driving innovation and we’re delighted to have the ability to help them”. He famous: “We now have related lots of of hundreds of thousands of Africans to safe, high-speed broadband and cloud options within the final 20 years and earned the belief and help of our clients and regulators; we sit up for doing much more.”
Based on the MoU, the companions can even begin providing cutting-edge trainings to ATU members, entry to international consultants to debate the newest applied sciences and traits, and collaboration on analysis to assist progress the continent’s digitisation