Telecommunications is one of the fastest growing industries on the continent, with many companies looking to either enter or expand on African soil. IT News Africa compiled a list of the ten biggest telecommunications companies based on turnover at the end of 2011, and found that three of the companies profiled are based in South Africa. This list includes companies like: Vodacom Group (South Africa), Orascom Telecom (Egypt), Maroc Telecom (Morocco) etc., yet China has to offer training opportunities to Africans, what are these companies doing for their fellow Africans?
Chinese telecom equipment and service giant Huawei Technologies will for the next four years offer 15 training opportunities for top Ghanaian students majoring in Information and Communications Technology as part of its global corporate social responsibility program “Seeds for the Future” that was launched in Thailand in 2008, and has already been implemented in 40 countries and benefited over 10, 000 students from over 100 universities.
Chief Executive Officer of Huawei’s Ghana branch Xu Hu said at the launching ceremony on Friday that the beneficiaries to be selected from Ghanaian institutions would travel to China to have eye-opening experiences. “Kenya became the first African country where Huawei launched its ‘Seed for the Future’ program. We are happy to know that Ghana becomes the first West African country to launch this program,” Xu said.
On the eve of celebrating our 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Ghana, we are very satisfied with our cooperation on all fronts, especially in the economic and trade area
She urged the first beneficiaries to make very good use of the opportunity offered by Huawei.
About 3,700 Ghanaian students studying in China and nearly 500 Ghanaian trainees sponsored by the Chinese government Ghana’s Vice-President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur expressed the government’s gratitude to Huawei and the Chinese government for the continued support.
He believed that the “Seeds of the Future” program was a help bridge between ICT that is learned in the classroom and ICT that is required in industry.
“Perhaps, this is an important bridge that has to be made. I hope that it will expose our young people to a different culture, different work experience, that they will come back more time conscious and many of the attributes of the Chinese culture,” the vice president added.
The company also plans to enroll over 1,000 students across Africa into the program over the next five years in a bid to help build ICT capabilities in Africa.