Les Scoops d’Afrique : Could you tell me about today’s meeting with the Prime Minister？
Mr DU YI: First of all, on behalf of Huawei, I would like to express our appreciation for all the efforts and the measures that have been taken by the Government of Cameroon During the outbreak of CODID-19 to protect all the citizens, as well as the HUAWEI community in Cameroon. I would like to express my concern about the epidemic in Cameroon to the Prime Minister Head of Government, and the Head of State H.E.M PAUL BIYA. As strategic partner to the Government of Cameroon We feel it’s our social responsibility to show our Care and continuous solidarity to the Government of Cameroun.
After the outbreak of the epidemic in Cameroon, Huawei has donated medical supplies to many institutions and communities in Cameroon, and donated videoconferencing equipments to the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Economy and Planning, Ministry of Energy and other government agencies to help them improve communication efficiently and avoid the risk of the epidemic.
Huawei is an employer that regularly distributes free anti-epidemic supplies to hundreds of local employees and partners to ensure that their lives and those of their families are reliably protected during the epidemic; Huawei will work with the Cameroonian people to tide over this difficult time. On behalf of Huawei, we are happy to make a donation to the Cameroonian government to support the fight against the spread of epidemic in Cameroon. As well as a Donation for 2000 training opportunities in ICT for Cameroonian youths in partnership with the Universities and institutions in Cameroon.
I brief His Excellency the Prime Minister on the results of the cooperation since the signing of the Strategic Partnership with HUAWEI and the Government of Cameroon, in Beijing in September 2018, including Huawei’s efforts through training programmes like “HUAWEI ICT Academy” ; “HUAWEI Seeds for the future” and “huawei ICT competition’’ with 4 leading universities in Cameroon, HUAWEI has trained more than100 teachers, and more than 1,000 students since its opening at the end of 2018. We hope to help Cameroon cultivate more ICT talents in the coming years. In this regards, on behalf of Huawei, we also donated 2,000 free training opportunities in ICT Academy for Cameroonian.
In addition, I also conveyed to the President and the two sides the progress of projects in the fields of backbone fiber optic network, Cameroon – Brazil submarine cable, and rural solar power. The Prime Minister appreciated Huawei’s contribution in promoting the development of Cameroon’s digital economy, corporate social responsibility and knowledge transfer, and the Cameroonian government will continue to cooperate with Huawei and create favorable conditions for Huawei’s sustainable development in Cameroon. As a strategic partner of Cameroon’s digital economy, I also deeply feel Cameroon’s aspiration to realize the great vision of ‘’Emergence à l’horizon 2035’’ through ICT technology, which strengthens our long-term commitment to“ In Cameroon for Cameroon”.
What is Huawei’s future strategy in Cameroon? How can we continuously improve Cameroon’s ICT development?
Huawei will continue to steadily promote the digital transformation of the public and private sectors in Cameroon, and help Cameroon cultivate more ICT talents through the “Seeds of the Future” and “Huawei ICT Academy” projects. Huawei will do its best to help Cameroon realize its Digital strategy and help Cameroon enhance its IT development and improve people’s livelihood in important areas such as national broadband, people’s security, rural solar power and talent cultivation.
What is Huawei’s local contribution in Cameroon?
We have always seen ourselves as a local company, operating locally, purchasing from local suppliers, employing local staffs, and paying taxes. Over 70% of Huawei’s team in Cameroon are locally employed in the country. We have cultivated over 1,000 technical talents in ITC domain, and created over 15,000 direct and indirect jobs. The ICT industry is a technology-intensive industry. Huawei leverages technology, innovation and talent cultivation to drive local industry development. These innovative capabilities are more valuable to the local industry and more conducive to long-term development.