Huawei, the Chinese multinational technology company, has officially opened a new and improved practice-based Information and Communication Technology training centre in Nairobi to serve the East African region.
The Centre, meant to cater for the growing demand for highly skilled professionals in ICT, will further provide a steady supply of talents for the region’s ICT industry.
In his opening remarks June 9,2021, Huawei Southern African Region Vice President, Mr. Dean Xuepeng said Huawei which had so far trained 7,200 people drawn from ICT operators, government officials and students among others, was fully committed to training current and future leaders within the region. This talent development, he stated, would significantly contribute to building the ICT ecosystem.
With the demand for expert training within the region growing significantly, the VP reiterated Huawei’s commitment in promoting learning, adding, students who go through the training would be well kitted with tech-savvy skills that would enable them effectively use new technology. This, he further noted, would spur future growth and innovation in the long run.
“It is important that the industry has competent people that can take advantage of this growth and drive it even further”, Mr. Xuepeng opined.
According to Mr. Xeupeng, Kenya is a leader in the ICT industry, lauding the Ministry of ICT for initiatives and supportive policy environment that it has put in place such as the Spectrum Policy that will enable the mobile and fiber networks to grow exponentially.
“The ICT industry is rapidly growing and evolving steadily, however, a good policy framework is important to support its steady expansion in the country,” the regional Vice President elucidated.
In his remarks, the ICT Cabinet Secretary Mr. Joe Mucheru in a speech read on his behalf by the Principal Secretary ICT and Innovation Mr. Jerome Ochieng, commended Huawei’s efforts terming them ‘a huge step in supporting the ecological system in the country. This, he noted, is critical in fast tracking rapid development of Kenya’s ICT industry.
“I commend Huawei’s commitment to build and equip this training facility to up the skills of our local workforce”, stated Mr. Mucheru.
The Cabinet Secretary noted that the skills gaps across all industries were poised to grow in the 4th Industrial Revolution, with the draft Digital Economy Strategy 2021 calling for a renewed focus on developing skills sets and requisite values for all Kenyans to meet the competencies and expertise required for the digital economy.
“The rapid growth and changes in technologies require continual investment in talent development at all levels by those in the public and private sectors,” Mr. Mucheru said.
He called upon institutions of higher learning to review their focus by embracing other areas of technology such as robotics and optics to ensure their students attained the requisite digital skills that could enable them leverage fully in the digital world.
On her part, the Vice Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, in a speech read on her behalf by the Principal, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (COANRE), Prof. David Mburu said the new Centre would be an important step in empowering manpower in the country and the region by providing relevant ICT skills and training necessary in the digital world.
As technology has revolutionized our lives, the Vice Chancellor noted, there was a dire need to equip the youth with skills that could give them a competitive edge in the digital world.
Prof. Ngumi commended the importance of partnerships between the public and private sectors referring to them as pillars that guaranteed the availability of talent and skills to mitigate risks while optimizing on viable resources.
She hailed Huawei for going an extra mile in providing employment opportunities and supporting the national thrust of developing a competitive ICT and Telecommunication infrastructure as well as extending its network of local and overseas collaborators.
The Huawei center is equipped with a 15 meter triangular tower, IVS (CCTV) lamp pole, module pole, site energy cabinet and a FTTX (Fiber to the x) scenario. It will be housed at the African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute (AFRALTI), an intergovernmental institute established in 1991 to supplement and spearhead ICT development in English-speaking Africa, based in Westlands, Nairobi.