HUAWEI Ghana launched its inaugural IP Club in Accra, bringing together private and public sector IT experts for exchange of ideas and development of IP industry in the country.
The platform is the first of its kind in Ghana signifying another step forward towards transforming the country into an information-rich and knowledge-based society and economy.
Announcing the launch at Huawei Ghana’s first IP GALA in Accra, Chen Zhijun, Vice President of Huawei Southern Africa Region stated, digital transformation is sweeping across the world and with the emergence of game-changing technologies including 5G, cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI), network is exposed to more challenges as well as opportunities.
“People are always the centerpiece of tackling challenges and embracing opportunities of digital era. It is significantly important to build a talent pool for industrial development by not only allowing industry-academic collaboration but also encouraging more students and professionals to take part in. Huawei is firmly committed to innovation and local talent fostering by creating an open, healthy and sustainable ecosystem where every stakeholder can contribute and benefit from.”
The event with its theme: “RETHINK IP FOR A DIGITAL ECONOMY”, was attended by Deputy Minister of Communications of Ghana, Hon. George Andah and over 200 representatives from Mobile Network Operators (Telcos) and IT enterprise for in-depth exchange of ideas over topics including challenges in digital transformation, industry standards formulation and public-private sector collaboration.
In his welcome address, the Deputy Minister of Communications said: “the IP Club is timely intervention which will help ICT professionals in Ghana compete on the global stage.”
He noted that the initiative is in line with the digitization strategies of many countries including Ghana as it helps cultivate a pool of ICT professionals that are crucial to industry development, thus boosting ICT industry growth, driving the development of different sectors, and contributing to lower unemployment rates over the long term.
IP Club is a global initiative by HUAWEI, aiming to build an open, cooperative, and sharing platform for thoughts sharing about the latest network development trends and exploration new opportunities. This initiative is an integral part of HUAWEI global training and certification efforts.
In Ghana, more than 300 people from over 15 local companies has benefited from technological upskilling in ICT training center in Accra established by HUAWEI Ghana in December 2018.
Chen Zhijun added that in the coming days more technology and resources will be allocated to the Ghana market to facilitate new technologies adoption and increase supply of advanced intelligent IP network solutions and differentiated innovative products.
He asserted that it will strengthen the cultivation of talents and upskilling of ICT practitioners in the IP Club.