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Huawei unveils socio-economic development project for Kenya

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Jenna Delport
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Huawei unveils socio-economic development project for Kenya
The Launching Ceremony of DigiTruck.

“The empowering use of ICT is closely connected to socio-economic development. Our 20 years of experience connecting rural communities in Africa has shown us that wireless broadband access is significantly changing the way we live and work in the digital world,” says Ritchie Peng, CMO of Huawei Wireless Solution, at the ITU Telecom World 2019.

Peng’s comment came shortly after Huawei introduced its latest project – the DigiTruck – in partnership with Belgium nonprofit organisation, Close the Gap. The ‘DigiTruck’ is a mobile digital classroom enabling remote areas to benefit from digital technology.

At the reveal, Huawei and Close the Gap said they’re aiming to provide digital skills training to rural and remote communities in Kenya and the DigiTruck is the best way to drive their digital inclusion initiative, Tech4ALL.

“For over 15 years, Close the Gap has been bridging the digital divide in developing countries by providing high quality refurbished ICT-devices to more than 5700 projects with a social impact,” says Olivier Vanden Eynde, Founder and CEO of Close the Gap.

“With the different DigiTrucks we have been able to reach even the most isolated communities that have little or no access to ICT, also bring quality training and education to these areas. With the support of Huawei, Close the Gap is honoured to coordinate a new DigiTruck project in Kenya and make a positive impact on the lives of Kenyans.”

The Huawei DigiTruck, according to the tech-manufacturer, will move around rural communities on planned dates with its partners in tow – and provide digital skills training to teachers, digital literacy training to those who have never been online, and show youth how to study and earn income online.

“Huawei is continually innovating to bring wireless internet access and the skills to use it to those who need it. Technology can do good, but as our contribution to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, we must make sure no-one is left behind. We are proud to collaborate with Close the Gap on this inspiring project,” concludes Peng.

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