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Nigeria still biggest economic entity in Africa—Huawei MD

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…says F.G should focus on digital economy

By Akoma Chinweoke

Despite threats posed by recession,the managing  director Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Limited, Mr. Frank Li, has described Nigeria as the biggest economic entity in Africa  and says every 10 percent investment in ICT would immensely increase the country’s Gross Domestic Product. (GDP).

He added that the company remains dedicated to bridging the digital divide and promoting broadband penetration and said so far millions of people have been able to make their first phone call and enjoy affordable communications service but emphasized that  more investment is need to increase internet speed in the country. He also hinted that Huawei can provide smart metres to solve Nigeria’s power problem .

He admitted that  Nigeria’s crude oil has the  highest quality globally  was under-pressure to digitize its economy and to achieve this said the country must have a good plan for its development.

The Huawei boss who disclosed this at a media parley in Lagos noted that the company was committed  to creating maximum value for its partners adding that among the 1000 Huawei employees in Nigeria, 70 percent of them were local hires, while the company provides a plat form for them to achieve  their goals through globalized business operation and continuously contributes to local socio-economic development through job creation and tax payments.

“In 2006, Huwei invested millions of US dollars to establish a regional training centre in Abuja, where it has trained over 20,000 ICT engineers for Nigeria and the region over the past decade. The 2016 Huawei Nigeria “ Seeds For the future for Future” campaign is our global CRS flagship program designed to provide ICT training for local university students annually. It seeks to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfer, promote greater understanding and interest in the telecommunications sector, improve and encourage regional building  participation in the digital community”

He also   said the company driven by responsible operations, ongoing innovation and open collaboration have established a competitive ICT portfolio of end-to-end solutions in telecom and enterprise networks, devices and cloud computing.

“Huawei has been committed to enabling the future information society, and building a better connected Nigeria. We stands for creating value for customers and has been working with the major Nigeria operators, such as MTN, Airtel, Glo, Etisalat etc, to provide them customised solution and services.

Together with our enterprise customers, we employ agile enterprise networks, including open clouds networks, to drive efficient operations and agile innovation across domains like safety city, finance, transportation and energy. With our smart devices and smart phones, we are improving people’s digital experience in work, life and entertainment.”

Li assured that the company would continue to drive sustainable development in the country and make a significant contribution to bridging the digital divide in Nigeria.

“Huawei partners with Federal Ministry of Communication Technology 9FMCT) on an orientation program on ICT Basic knowledge for 1,000 girls during 1 year in Abuja and Lagos between 2013 and 2014. In 2015, Huawei signed an MOU with Federal government on “ICT for Change” Empowerment Program to provide 2,000 training opportunities to the youth in 2016-2017. In 2016, Huawei partnered with the local government and did a series of education and health donation, as well as ICT training programmes.”

He stressed that the company would continuously commit to its strategic focus, strategic investment and relentless pursuit of strategic breakthrough to face all the challenges together with all her partners.

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