Namibian president seeks deeper ties with Huawei during official visit




President of Namibia Dr Hage Geingob, during a recent official visit to China, led a delegation of government officials to visit the Huawei Beijing R&D center and held talks with Li Dafeng, senior VP of Huawei. During the talks, Dr Geingob said that it is important to leverage ICT to further advance public security.

The Namibia and Huawei teams conducted in-depth exchanges on how ICT can promote Namibia’s economic and social development and enhance the well-being of the people.

(TOP: Li Peng, president of Huawei Southern Africa region – 3rd from right – handing over smart educational solutions and equipment to Namibian Higher Education, Training and Innovation Minister Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi – 4th from left – and witnessed by Dr. Hage Geingob – 3rd from left -, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy PM and Minister for International Relations & Cooperation of Namibia – 2nd from left-, Namibian Ambassador to China Elia Kaiyamo – 1st from left-, Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming – 1st form right – and Li Dafeng, senior VP of Huawei -2nd from right).

Dr Geingob pointed out that in the information age, ICT technology is playing an increasingly important role in the country’s economic and social development and the improvement of people’s livelihood. He said it is important to focus on public security. He noted that Huawei’s Safe City Solution presentation and content on display was very impressive.

Li Dafeng introduced Huawei’s business in Namibia and the fulfillment of corporate social responsibility (CSR). He said that Namibia has a relatively complete ICT infrastructure and Huawei is willing to further cooperate with local partners under the strategic guidance of the Namibian government to make full use of these infrastructures and continue to contribute to Namibia’s national development and improvement of people’s livelihood.

After the meeting, Dr Geingob attended a donation ceremony of smart educational solutions and equipment. The program includes a set of online learning system, interactive teaching platform and multimedia classroom hardware and software and supporting equipment, aims to promote the rational distribution of educational resources in the country through online and remote education technologies and platforms, and improve educational resources to solid talent base for Namibia’s economic and social development.

Since 2005, Huawei entered the market in Namibia, it has actively participated in ICT infrastructure construction, promoted local economic and social development, and explored the broad prospects for digital development with related parties. At present, Huawei products serve more than 80% of the country’s population. In 2016, Huawei and local operators conducted the first 4.5G network application demonstration in Africa in the country. In the next three years, Huawei will also work with local operators to strengthen rural connectivity and help achieve the goal of 100% population coverage of communications services.

In addition, as a responsible corporate citizen, Huawei attaches great importance to strengthening the country’s capacity building in ICT, through the “Seeds of the Future” ICT talent training program, donation of university research laboratories, and the sponsorship of the National ICT Summit to actively promote the country’s ICT industry.




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