Thursday 12 December, 2019

Holness meets with Huawei execs

Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife, Juliet are flanked by, (from left)  Harry Bai , Vice President of Latin America Region (Huawei), His Excellency Ambassador of China to Jamaican  Tian Qi, Peng Zhongyang, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Allen Chen Yue, Andy Jiwen Deng – CEO, Huawei Jamaica and Executive Account Manager Neil Grant.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his wife, Juliet are flanked by, (from left) Harry Bai , Vice President of Latin America Region (Huawei), His Excellency Ambassador of China to Jamaican Tian Qi, Peng Zhongyang, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, Allen Chen Yue, Andy Jiwen Deng – CEO, Huawei Jamaica and Executive Account Manager Neil Grant.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness visited Huawei’s Shenzhen ICT Industry Exhibition and Digital Transformation Exhibition Halls, and held talks with Peng Zhongyang corporate Senior Vice President and board members, along with other executives of Huawei.

Peng Zhongyang thanked the Jamaican Government and Prime Minister Holness for their support of Huawei’s local operations, and made it clear that Huawei will continue to develop its business in the country.

Huawei said it will continue to strengthen cooperation with local operators to improve network quality and provide the best communication services for Jamaica.

On this basis, Huawei will actively support the Jamaican Government’s ICT infrastructure modernization and digital transformation strategy, while continuing to invest in the development of the local ICT talent.

Prime Minister Holness expressed: “Developing ICT infrastructure is one of the government’s important strategic objectives, and although there is still a long way to go, the government will continue to increase investment to promote e-Government, Smart Cities, and its digital transformation.”

Prime Minister Holness stated that during his Huawei exhibition hall visit, he had seen higher order technology that could help in improving government efficiency, crime fighting, public order, early environmental warning systems, and could help Jamaica overall become and ICT captital of the Caribbean.

He noted that it was important for developing countries like Jamaica not just to consume ICT, but to add value, and start becoming producers of the technology.

He applauded Huawei for the advancement of the worlds ICT technologies and their focus on solving real world problems.

He went on to state that local busninesses have deployed Huawei solutions, particularly in telecommuncations, and expressed that as long as Huawei’s products are competitive and reasonably priced, Jamaica will be a free and open market for Huawei.

He further looks forward to Huawei’s continued investment in Jamaica and development of young ICT talent through its Seeds for the Future program in an effort to support the nations ICT development.

Huawei Jamaica was established in November 2007. It has more than 40 employees of which more than 80 per cent are locals, and provides more than 150 indirect jobs for Jamaicans. In order to support the gowth and development of the ICT industry and future ICT leaders, Huawei Jamaica launched its flagship CSR program “Seeds for the Future” in 2017.

Each year Huawei in partnership with both the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology select 10 students for the program. Over the past three years, 26 students have participated in the program where they received fully sponsored advanced ICT training in Huawei’s Shenzhen Headquarters.

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