Huawei joins AU to drive Africa’s digital transformation


Huawei announce that it has joined the African Union in the Second Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU) Specialized Technical Committee (STC) on Communication and ICT (CCICT-2) that kicked-off on Monday, November 20th at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The second ordinary session of the CCICT2 that wrapped up its activities on November 24th has the main objective is to review implementation of projects, adopt strategies and action plans for the implementation of projects and programs at the continental and regional levels for the communication and ICT sectors. The partnership with AU is one of Huawei’s efforts to drive digital transformation in Africa.
The AU vision is to establish a body that could accelerate the process of integration in Africa, support the empowerment of African states in the global economy and address the multifaceted social, economic and political problems facing the continent.
Ms. Leslie Richer, Director of Information and Communication delivered the AU Commission’s statement, in which she congratulated the AU member states on their endeavors to develop the communication and ICT sectors of Africa. “Our strategic framework Agenda 2063 recognizes that for Africa to achieve its full potential, the investment in any sector, including communication and ICT, must be inclusive, ensuring access by all members of society to technology and the knowledge economy,” noted Ms. Richer.
The second ordinary session of the STC on CCICT elected Ethiopia as the chair of the bureau. At a dinner organized by Huawei at the African union headquarter, newly elected chairman of the bureau state minister of information and technology GetachewNegash expressed his gratitude for Ethiopia’s selection as the chair and stressed that endeavors in the ICT sector should not be left only for governments, commending Huawei’s efforts in the sector. “Huawei has contributed a lot in ICT sector solutions regionally. I expect more, I appreciate their efforts in this regard” said Getachew.