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Government is to create opportunities for Ghanaian students to acquire cutting edge knowledge in Information & Communication Technology (ICT) to drive the country's digitization agenda.


This is in line with the Nana Akufo-Addo government’s determination to transform Ghana’s economy through the use of ICT in all spheres of national life.


The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, gave the assurance when he met the 2017 and 2018 batches of the Huawei Ghana Seeds for the Future Programme at the Jubilee House in Accra last Friday.


Initiated in 2008, the Seeds for the Future Programme is Huawei’s most heavily-invested-in global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity. The programme was launched in Ghana in 2015 and 45 Ghanaian students have participated so far.


The 10 students of the 2018 batch will undergo a 2 week programme in Beijing and the high-tech manufacturing hub, Shenzhen, where they will study cutting-edge information and telecommunication technologies at Huawei HQ Training Centre.


Huawei will share its ICT expertise and experience in managing a multinational corporation with the young ICT professionals and help fuel the development of local ICT industries.


Outlining some ongoing ICT-based reforms being undertaken by Government—the implementation of a paperless system at the ports, a National Digital Property Addressing System, Mobile Money Interoperability Payment System, the soon-to-be-issued National ID Card and plans to digitize all land records—Vice President Bawumia said it was important to also train the human resource to fully implement the digitization agenda.


He expressed Government’s appreciation to Huawei and called on other companies to emulate their example of offering training to Ghanaian youth, who will make up the workforce in a few years.


In her remarks, Hon. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful (MP) and Minister for Communications, urged the students to take advantage of the opportunity to not only acquire knowledge in ICT, but also imbibe the qualities that had made China a force to reckon with.


Mr Tommy Zhou, Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Ghana, said the programme sought to develop local ICT talent, enhance knowledge transfer, promote a greater understanding of, and interest in, the ICT sector and improve, and encourage regional building and participation in the digital community.


Present at the ceremony was H.E. Jiang Zhouteng, Acting Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Ghana.


Source: ISD (Rex Mainoo Yeboah)