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President Bio to strengthen cooperation with Huawei for digital transformation

September 6, 2018

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President Julius Maada Bio visited Huawei’s Executive Briefing Centre and held talks with Li Jie, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Huawei. During the talks, President Bio expressed determination to strengthen cooperation with Huawei in a bid to enhance the country’s digital transformation.

President Bio observed that Huawei’s contribution to boosting ICT infrastructure in Sierra Leone has laid a solid foundation and provides a fasttrack for the country’s long-term development in all sectors, especially agriculture, education and health.

He said Sierra Leone would further strengthen its cooperation with Huawei to promote a comprehensive digital transformation of the country based on the promotion of ICT infrastructure in Sierra Leone.

Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Huawei, Li Jie said Sierra Leone maintains a good momentum of growth with huge potential, noting that it was a pleasure that the development of ICT industry in Sierra Leone has been full of vitality in recent years, and the vigorous ICT industry has played an important role in promoting development.

Rooted in Sierra Leone for more than a decade, Huawei has been committed to the construction of ICT infrastructure in the country, contributing to boosting connectivity and digitalisation.

President Bio said national backbone network project carried out by Huawei has greatly improved ICT infrastructure in Sierra Leone and laid a solid base for Sierra Leone’s digital transformation.

He noted that he was expecting Huawei to further participate in promoting social economic development of Sierra Leone with its ICT capability.

For Li Jie, Huawei will continue to offer advice and suggestions to ICT development planning in Sierra Leone, with its global expertise and local experience under the guidance of Sierra Leone’s national development strategy.

He added Huawei was committed to bringing the digital world to more individuals, families and organisations in Sierra Leone by developing more digital services tailored local needs, to fully unleash the transformative power of ICT in improving people’s life and increasing efficiency.

After the talks, Minister of Information and Communications Mohamed Rahman Swarray and Huawei’s Li Jie signed a memorandum of understanding on establishing strategic partnership in the ICT field, which aims to explore the best ways of ICT development and its role in enhancing social economic development.

Since it commenced operation in Sierra Leone in 2004, Huawei has been working with local operators to provide secure, stable and high-quality communication networks, as part of their contribution to the country’s digital transformation.

Huawei currently serves more than 60% of the country’s population with its products and services. Huawei also actively fulfills its corporate social responsibility with its core technical capabilities to eliminate the digital divide through training programmes which has benefited hundreds of local ICT talents. It also adheres to its consistent philosophy of focusing on basic research and open cooperation by engaging universities in the country to consolidate ICT personnel base for national development.

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services, they are committed to bringing digital communications to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected, intelligent world.

Huawei’s end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, they create lasting value for customers, work to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organisations of all shapes and sizes.

Huawei invests heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. The company employs more than 180,000 employees and operates in more than 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.