ASEAN Foundation joins hands with Huawei to close the digital capacity gap

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2021-11-10 14:12:39

The online conference brought together politicians, researchers and experts in the field to share solutions and best practices in building a sustainable ecosystem that nurtures digital talent in Asia-Pacific…

The ASEAN Foundation and Huawei signed a Memorandum of Understanding on joint efforts to bridge the digital capabilities gap.

The Asia Pacific Innovation Day – Digital Talent Conference 2021 event kicked off with a series of speeches from political leaders such as the ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General of the Political Security Community. President – Mr. Robert Matheus Michael Tene, Chairman of the ASEAN Digital Senior Officials Meeting Mr. Dato’ Sri Mohammad Mentek, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications of Cambodia – Mr. Chea Vandeth, Chief Executive Office of the President Republic of Indonesia, General of the Indonesian National Army – Mr. Dr. Moeldoko, Minister of Youth and Sports of Sri Lanka – Mr. Namal Rajapaksa, Ambassador of the Philippines to China – Mr. Jose Santiago L. Sta. Romana, and Thai Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation – Mr. Professor, PhD, Doctor Sirirurg Songsivilai. Their speeches emphasized the importance of active participation of key stakeholders in building a strong foundation for the region’s digital talent ecosystem.

“The Digital Talent Conference, which aims to discuss and address the needs of young ASEAN ICT talents, is very relevant, especially in the context of a global pandemic that has made us more dependent on our digital platforms. digital. This special event is very much in line with the goal of the ASEAN Digital Master Strategy 2025 in enhancing people’s capacity to participate in the digital socio-economy” shared from the ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Political Security Council – Sir Robert Matheus Michael Tene.

Huawei Vietnam CEO – Mr. Wei Zhenhua shared “I feel very appreciative of Huawei’s commitment through the Asia Pacific Innovation Day – Digital Talent Summit today in supporting a sustainable digital competence ecosystem in Vietnam. Male. Today’s initiative is in line with the commitment of ASEAN and the Vietnamese government to digitally integrate the ASEAN Action Plan on Education 2021-2025, to lead the country in taking the next step. digital leap. This conference is a good example of effective implementation of cooperation across countries, across governments, as well as by industries on a global scale, such as Huawei, which is very necessary to gain revenue. bridge the digital divide and meet the needs of Industry 4.0.”

“Innovation and development are highly dependent on the talent ecosystem. Huawei is ready to work with its partners to build a talent development ecosystem that benefits innovation,“Senior Vice President and Member of the Board of Directors of Huawei – Ms. Catherine Chen noted in the opening speech “Huawei’s 20 years in Asia-Pacific has been a journey of finding like-minded people. Let’s work together to build an inclusive, innovative and dynamic ecosystem that attracts and cultivates more digital talent, and together fosters the region’s development and prosperity. ”

The importance of digital talent in sustainable development was highlighted in a virtual roundtable discussion featuring notable speakers from UNESCO, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Maxis Company.

Another important event of the conference was the presentation of Huawei Asia Pacific Digital Talents 2022. This white paper, presented by Mr. Alex Lee – National Digital Talent Development Senior Consultant, documents the tech company’s efforts and journey in fostering digital talent in Asia Pacific.

“Nursing an ecosystem of innovative ICT talent is the foundation for digital transformation. Leveraging shared innovations with win-win outcomes, we can harness the power of ICT skills to propel us into a digital future. Together with our partners, Huawei will invest $50 million over the next five years to develop 500,000 digital talents in the Asia-Pacific region.”, Huawei Asia Pacific President, Mr. Jeffery Liu stated in his keynote.

The commitment to bridging the gap between digital talent in Asia-Pacific, especially in ASEAN, was further strengthened with the Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony between the ASEAN Foundation and Huawei ASEAN Academy. . The agreement highlights the willingness of both parties to implement the Seeds for the Future of ASEAN program, which is an expanded version of the “Seeds for the Future” program, the leading global CSR initiative. Huawei’s Bridge has been providing world-class digital skills training programs to the global young generation since 2008. Through the Seeds for ASEAN Future program, the ASEAN Foundation and Huawei ASEAN Academy strive to build the digital capabilities of the young generation in the ten ASEAN Member States so that they can thrive in the new era. digital economy

The ceremony was attended by the Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation – Dr. Yang Mee Eng and Vice President of Huawei Indonesia, Mr. Albert Yang, and witnessed by the Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Cambodia to ASEAN – Mr. Amb. Yeap Samnang, Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN for the ASEAN Political Security Community – Mr. Robert Matheus Michael Tene, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Philippines to ASEAN – Ms. Elizabeth Te, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Republic of Singapore to ASEAN – Mr. Tham Borg Tsien, and Vice President of Huawei Asia Pacific – Mr. Jay Chen.

The Seeds for ASEAN Future Program will also contribute to achieving the objectives of the ASEAN Digital Master Plan 2025, which is to enhance the capacity of young generations in the region to participate in the digital economy. digital and creating a digital society in ASEAN. The Seeds for the Future of ASEAN program, scheduled to launch in early 2022, invites young people aged 15-30 in ASEAN to participate in a virtual journey of capacity building in leadership and skills. digital.

“We are delighted to have signed a memorandum of understanding with Huawei to launch the ASEAN Seeds for Future Program. I believe this amazing regional program will play an important part in bridging the digital talent gap in the region by equipping our ASEAN youth with the essential skills to help they thrive in the digital economy era. Our partnership with Huawei also marks another important milestone for ASEAN in terms of attracting committed partners from the private sector to contribute to youth development efforts in ASEAN. ”, Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation, Dr. Yang Mee Eng said.

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