Huawei Technologies said it remains committed to building a fully digital IT ecosystem in Nigeria as well as research and development in investments to pursue sustainability in the future.
Huawei Technologies Enterprise Deputy General Manager Ken Zhao said this at the 2021 Chief Information Officers (CIO) Awards ceremony held recently in Lagos.
Zhao said the CIO Awards are a forum to celebrate the excellence, innovation and service delivery amassed across the user landscape and added that through events like this, Nigeria’s innovations can be celebrated in which its CIOs can be encouraged to do more.
He noted that the company’s strategy is focused on working with various industries to add value to ICT and provide world-class ICT solutions, saying this will add value to the Nigerian economy.
According to him, investing in ICT helps industry to digitize and allows the economy to increase its production order.
“Digital development is based on digital technology and for digital technology to remain relevant we must continue to be innovative and create value in the Cloud, AI and network which are the three critical arms of technology” , did he declare.
In addition, CIO Awards Jury Chairman and Access Bank Plc IT and Operations Executive Director Ade Bajomo said Africa has started to solve its problems and it is exciting because the continent has relied on a global partnership.
“This year alone around $ 1.5 billion has been transferred to Fintechs in Africa, of which Nigeria has taken a third and there are at least 23 undisclosed deals and I think there are no better time than to celebrate our CIOs who have done fantastic and wonderful things.
“This is just the start and if we are going to solve real problems, be it in financial technology, social services, government, anything we want to solve will be solved by taking advantage of technology,” he said. Bajomo said.
Zhao said, “We will continue to put our research and development into investments to pursue sustainability in the future. Our investment research and development spending in 2020 reached about $ 22 billion, or about 50% over this period. “
He added that “we have also formulated a roadmap on how to develop technical and digital skills in Nigeria, working with over 65 universities providing Huawei academies. Through various initiatives in Nigeria, we have facilitated ICT training for 1,000 civil servants, 2,000 youths and 1,000 girls in basic ICT training.