Huawei has officially opened its improved and expanded regional training center for East Africa. The site is located in AFRALTI and has state-of-the-art facilities and equipment designed to provide very practical training courses.
The facility, with highly qualified local instructors, will provide training to telecom operators, government ICT officers, network entrepreneurs, industry partners and university students.
The training center was inaugurated by the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of ICT, Mr. Jerome Ochieng, representing the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of ICT Innovation and Youth, the Hon. Joe Mucheru in absentia. He was accompanied by the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Amb. Samuel Nabukwesi, Director East Africa at UNESCO Ms. Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, Vice-Presidents Huawei Southern Africa Mr. Duan Xue Peng and Mr. Frank Yang.
Huawei has been continuously training people in East Africa since 2008 and has trained more than 7,200 people across the region. Over the years, the Center has moved and expanded adding more physical network equipment for training.
PS. Jérôme Ochieng said: “I welcome Huawei’s commitment to build and equip this training center to develop and retrain our local workforce”.
The current rapid growth and rapid changes in technology require continued investment in the development of talent at all levels by those in the public and private sectors. Amb. Simon Nabukwesi, from the PS Education Ministry, said: “Talent is the industry’s most important resource and we need to invest in skills and the development of the ICT sector. I would like to commend Huawei for cultivating and nurturing talent which in turn will bridge the existing knowledge and skills gap in Kenya. ”
MM Duan Xue Peng, vice president of Huawei Southern Africa, said Huawei’s investment in the new training center is an example of the commitments that will have long-term benefits for Kenya. “At Huawei, we are constantly exploring ways to innovate and create an environment conducive to industry growth. It is essential that we not only develop the best technologies, but also develop the best people across the industry to install and use these technologies. We plan to use it widely to benefit as many people as possible and put Kenya at the forefront of ICTs, ”he added.