Uganda’s ICT and National Guidance minister Frank Tumwebaze has lauded Huawei for its consistency in skilling and nurturing ICT talent. He made the remarks during the commissioning of Huawei’s ICT Academy at Makerere University on May 14, 2019.
The same ceremony saw 10 Seeds for the Future fellows flagged off for a two-week intense technological training from various Chinese universities.
Seeds for the Future is a Huawei Corporate Social Responsibility program that seeks to establish collaboration with local governments, higher education institutes and other organisations to select top university students and young government officials to study and gain work experience at Huawei’s headquarters in China.
Minister Tumwebaze noted that the efforts of this programme since its inception in Uganda in 2016 has started to gain fruit because of the seemingly relatively high rates of employment by its participants.
“We have also been informed that out of the 30 participants of the Seeds for the Future programme since 2016 to now, approximately 21 are already employed by Huawei and other organizations while nine are still in school. This therefore is a good program with already notable fruits”, he said.
In attendance was the representative of Chinese Embassy to Uganda Chen Huixin, who noted the ability of ICT in transforming economies through creations of jobs.
“This is just one example of how ICT is transforming the lives of everyday citizens, and driving the economy. ICT has truly transformed our economy, creating jobs for people even in remote places. But this technological trend would never be possible if we did not skill students, professionals and entrepreneurs as a nation. That is why efforts such as the ICT Academy, Seeds for the Future and the Huawei ICT competitions are so important; so that Uganda whose economic fortune is also in digital transformation can continue to grow and leverage on ICT and the skills of its great people,” he said.
Liujiawei, the Managing Director of Huawei said the students will leave for China on 17th May and return on 2nd June, and they will undergo training in the latest technological trends such as 5G among others.
At the event, Huawei signed an MOU with Makerere to introduce its ICT Academy and also announced its initiative to train over 1,000 students free of charge in its established academies.