Huawei spokesperson has confirmed that Huawei will be supporting South Asia to develop 100,000 digital talents in the next five years. Huawei organized the Digital Talent Regional Summit online, guided by the theme “Cultivating a Talent Ecosystem for Inclusive Digital Prosperity” on May 20, 2021.
Similarly, the summit had the presence of scholars and ministers from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal, UNESCO representatives, and ICT experts. They explored the collaborative initiatives of Huawei regarding digital skill gaps, ICT solutions, training the digital talents, and digital transformation in the post-pandemic economic recovery.
Hari Bashyal, the MoCIT secretary of Nepal said that Digital talents’ development is always an important element of digitization. Huawei is collaborating with the Nepal Government to expand ICT-related projects in the country. Besides, the government aims to make Digital Nepal campaign a success by creating a roster of technology experts.
During the panel discussion, the participants addressed the challenges such as translating digital vision into accessible talent development solutions. Also, developing standards and skills frameworks for ICT roles, upgrading and channelizing the overall academic infrastructure, and facilitating digital talent mobilization.
Prof. Dr. Manish Pokharel of Kathmandu University said, “The pandemic has put us with many challenges. It has also created a huge digital gap. Furthermore, technology is the driving force to reduce this gap, which people need to adapt to. In my opinion, courses on AI, big data should start right from school, and we are working on it. I am glad to see universities, industries, government, and Huawei have come together to build an effective digital talent ecosystem.”
According to Ms. Beatrice Kaldun, UNESCO Representative to Bangladesh, to cultivate a talent ecosystem, it is necessary to promote digital inclusion, mainstream digital skill developments, and foster digital-pedagogical transformation to ensure the quality of learning. Further, she added that Huawei wants to build on its partnership with UNESCO, which started with the ‘TECH4ALL’ initiative in Africa. It is a long-term, digital inclusion initiative that targets empowering the world’s maximum population with essential digital skills,”.
Huawei cooperated with UNESCO to provide digital solutions and distance learning resources to students and professionals during the pandemic. Further, it is planning to broaden the digital talents cultivation initiatives. Similarly, for learners to improve their capabilities, Huawei plans to provide an end-to-end Huawei Talent Platform. By offering a one-stop service, covering online courses, examinations, certification, and job seeking, the platform help learners in career development.
According to Jay Chen, the vice president of Huawei Asia Pacific, the talent ecosystem is the cornerstone of economic recovery. He also said that Huawei aims to cultivate 100,000 digital talents in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal in five years.