Dar es Salaam…The Tanzanian government is very pleased about efforts by Huawei Tanzania to develop and promote local talent in ICT especially among the young.
Speaking at an award-giving ceremony of Huawei Tanzania ICT competition recently, Tanzanian’s Minister of Industry and Trade Innocent Bashugawa said, ICT is a critical part of Tanzania’s infrastructure development and a crucial enabler for the country’s 2025 vision.
At the dawn of the global digital economy, the World Bank’s sub-Saharan Africa’s demand for digital skills in 2030 is as high as 230 million people. In Tanzania, there is a general shortage of ICT skills in both the public and private sectors.
Mr Bashugwa said the development of ICT human capital should be addressed for the full exploitation of benefits of the ICT sector by recognising professionals and providing appropriate skills and training to obtain a competent human resource base to enhance Tanzania’s socio-economic development.
Huawei Tanzania’s chief executive officer Mr Frank Zhou explained that the company is
happy to work closely with the Tanzanian government serving more than 35 per cent of the country’s population since their establishment in 2007. He added the company has also created more than 1000 jobs and provided training to more than 2000 ICT engineers.
Mr Zhou said more than 2500 Tanzanian students from various local universities would take part in an ICT competition to be held soon. The participants would be tested in various areas including cloud computing, networking and Artificial Intelligence and big data.