Friday, July 9, 2021

Seeds for the Future Program 2.0: Huawei to invest $150 Million in talent development over the next 5 years.

Huawei Gizmo Manila

  Huawei announced its Seeds for the Future Program 2.0through which Huawei plans to invest US$150 million in digital talent development over the next five years. This program is expected to benefit more than 3 million additional people.

  Huawei held a "Tech & Sustainability: Everyone" forum, co-hosted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Representatives from Huawei, IUCN, the World Economic Forum, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative (GeSI), and Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) participated to discuss the role of technology in driving sustainability and building a more inclusive, eco-friendly world.

Promoting equal access to education and talent development

  According to a 2020 report by UNICEF and the International Telecommunication 
Union (ITU), about 2.2 billion people aged 25 years or younger still lack internet connections at home.

"Digital skills and literacy are not just the foundation for the digital economy; they 
are also a basic human right defined by the United Nations" - Huawei's Chairman Liang Hua at the forum.

  Huawei is committed to helping develop digital talent in the countries where it 
operates. In 2008, Huawei began to roll out talent development programs, through scholarships, technology competitions, and digital skills training, and has invested more than US$150 million in these programs. Huawei has since benefited more than 1.54 million people from over 150 countries.

  The Seeds for the Future program is designed to inspire local talents and encourage 
seeds for the society to tackle digital challenges. The program has benefited more than 100 students in the Philippines.

  As an echo for the forum, Huawei Asia Pacific held the APAC Media Virtual 
Roundtable with laser focus on addressing digital inclusion and sustainable development of this region. Jay Chen, Vice President of Huawei Asia Pacific, announced Huawei’s plan to cultivate more than 40,000 ICT talent in the next five years through multiple programs including Seeds for the Future in the region.

“In the digital economy, digital talent is playing an increasingly important role in 
driving digital transformation and economic growth. The access to education is vital for creating opportunities that support sustainable and fair development. Due to the pandemic, we are moving the program online and opening it up to more outstanding students than ever before,” - Jay Chen.

  Huawei has been a firm enabler for building an inclusive talent 
ecosystem In Asia Pacific. Amid the pandemic, collaborations with top universities are accelerating. Till now, Huawei has built collaborations with around 200 universities in countries across Asia Pacific and over 40 universities in the Philippines.

  Climate change and environmental issues are becoming global challenges. Though 
carbon emissions declined over the past year due to the economic slowdown and worldwide lockdowns, emissions are rapidly rebounding as economies reopen.

  Shifting to a circular economy and achieving sustainable development is now a 
common goal for all countries.

  In Singapore, for example, Huawei FusionSolar Solution has supported Sunseap 
Group, a solar energy solutions provider, to build the world's largest offshore floating Photovoltaic (PV) farms. With 13,312 solar panels, 40 inverters, and more than 30,000 floats, this five-hectare sea-based solar plant is estimated to produce up to 6,022,500 kWh of energy per year, supplying enough power for 1250 four-room public housing flats on the island and offsetting an estimated 4258 tons of carbon dioxide, according to Bruce Li, Managing Director of the Huawei Asia-Pacific Enterprise Digital Power Business.

“By working together, countries can mutually support one another to meet their 
sustainability commitments. There are many areas where digital technology can support this, such as in enabling a transparent and verifiable carbon market. Singapore’s public and private sectors have expressed interest in working with its neighbors on climate action,” - Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of SIIA at the forum.

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