Nairobi, Kenya | Xinhua | The African Telecommunications Union (ATU), a specialized agency of the African Union (AU) and China’s technology firm, Huawei on Thursday in Nairobi signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to boost capacity for ICT transformation in the continent.
John Omo, ATU secretary-general said under the agreement, Huawei will provide training on skills development, including reskilling and upskilling for ATU member states.
“The MoU will also see the two organizations collaborate to support local innovation, share information on latest trends, challenges and solutions in Africa and globally, and expand the digital economy as well as rural connectivity, in the continent, through furthering research,” Omo said in a statement issued in Nairobi.
Omo noted that Huawei has transformed connectivity and made a major contribution to the continent through its investments in digital infrastructure, ICT skills, environmentally-friendly connectivity solutions, and cutting-edge technologies for rural areas.
Samuel Chen, vice president at Huawei Southern Africa region lauded the ATU for leadership and promotion of ICTs in Africa.
“The ATU is playing a critical role in the region supporting member countries with their policies and strategies, sharing best practices, building capacity and driving innovation and we are delighted to be able to support them,” Chen said.
The Huawei official noted that his organization has connected hundreds of millions of Africans to secure, high-speed broadband and cloud solutions in the last two decades and earned the trust and support of customers and regulators.