Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has announced introduction of its newly established localization strategy that is aimed at placing more South Africans at leadership roles, with the emphasis being on women, in support of the ITU’s endeavour of increasing the participation of women in the ICT industry.
“Huawei is part of the global society and we support the millennium development goals aimed at enriching lives and advancing the development of women in business, including the ICT sector. We believe that women empowerment is a critical vehicle for economic growth and poverty alleviation” said Christina Naidoo, COO of Huawei Technologies Africa.
Huawei’s localization strategy endeavours to recruit, train, mentor and retain more women employees within its South African branch office.
Huawei fully supports DoC’s position of elevating the role of women in ICT, and further introduce girls to careers within the industry. Huawei has intensified its gender transformation efforts by participating in a number of initiatives including partnerships with industry peers, institutions of higher learning as well as aligning of its recruitment processes with the set targets.
“Telecommunications infrastructure and the services associated with it are key players of a healthy, growing economy. Huawei welcomes the recent pronouncement by the Honourable Minister Dina Pule, prioritize three flagship programmes aimed at building a digital information and knowledge society. We believe that sound public-private partnerships are vital for the country to achieve its 100 percent broadband penetration target. This will also provide the opportunities to build human adequate resource capacity and accelerate technology and skills transfer across all genders”, Ms Naidoo.
ICT is the basic means through which information needs of industry, commerce and agriculture can be fully realized. ICT does not develop in isolation rather it develops in accordance with the environment in which role players operate. Technology and ICT specifically, are a great catalyst for economic growth, especially in developing countries. The need for acquiring technology skills can therefore not be overemphasized.