Huawei Supporting ICT Ecosystem vital for digital transformation of Pakistani Youth

By Team BitBol,

2020: Pakistan’s vision for a digitalized future is one that
will enable the country to thrive through the immense potential of connectivity. A digital future
will redefine societies, enabling growth and development, enhancing education and industry,
and building new capacity for accelerating the economy.

Pakistan has been working tirelessly towards the development of its youth. This has been
reflected by the adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through which
the country aims to activate a number of policies and actions that help empower and engage the
youth for achieving the SDGs.

In line with this vision, Pakistan has launched initiatives, such as “Digital Pakistan”, that aim to
empower the youth and enable them to become drivers of the country’s economic growth. Such
initiatives are certainly establishing a strong base for the information and communications
technology (ICT) ecosystem to thrive upon – but what we now need is to put our focus on
Pakistan’s youth, to prepare them to take over and drive the country’s digital future.

Developing new skill sets for young people is something that is considered a priority in Pakistan.
It also strengthens the ICT ecosystem, which will in turn contribute towards a stronger, digitally-
driven economy – therefore investing in developing young ICT talents is a win-win situation that
can only bring more benefits in the future, for everyone in Pakistan.

Numerous initiatives were organized in Pakistan, geared towards introducing young people to
the ICT sector, educating them and enhancing their skills. These talent training programs
include several ICT academies – including Huawei ICT Academies – and annual ICT
competitions, amongst others.

Today there are several ICT academies across the country, launched in cooperation with
renowned and prestigious universities. These academies operate in partnership with local
educators and institutions, providing students with the opportunity to gain certification in some of
the most relevant areas of ICT today. Courses at such institutions cover a wide range of
technical fields, including routing and switching, storage, cloud, WLAN, cloud computing, big
data, IoT, and artificial intelligence. To date, thousands of talented individuals have been trained
and certified through these academies, providing them with the means to launch a career in the
flourishing ICT industry. Even with the impact of COVID-19 and educational institutions closed
as a result of the pandemic, students can access online training and certifications programs to
continue learning.

In addition to that, annual ICT competitions have seen thousands of talented Pakistani college
students participate in the past few years. These competitions aim to increase ICT knowledge,
stimulate youths’ interest in learning and innovation capabilities, and improve their self-learning
and problem-solving abilities.

With such immense potential amongst a young population, Pakistan is a goldmine of ICT talent.
Harnessing this potential by making training and skills development opportunities accessible will
ensure that the country has the best possible chance to not only realise its digitization
ambitions, but to carry them forward for a brighter connected future for all.

ICT is playing a significant role in transforming economic activity. Considering its ongoing
spread and importance for growth, developing ICT skills among the youth has major and
tangible benefits on the advancement of the digital economy.

Fostering an open, shared, ICT talent ecosystem benefits all parties in Pakistan. Consequently,
cultivating ICT talent that meets industry requirements and treating them as the most important
resource helps in driving the development of multiple sectors and industries.

Huawei is committed to sharing knowledge and technology experience and nurturing local ICT
talents based on its talent cultivation standards gained from years of operations in the ICT
industry in more than 170 countries. This has helped in developing the next generation of local
ICT talent to boost the digital economy. Huawei’s talent ecosystem aims to bridge the digital
divide, develop local ICT talent, and fulfill corporate social responsibilities. This comes in line
with the company’s efforts to support governments in achieving their goals of creating the future
ICT leaders who will be responsible for achieving national targets and visions, and who will
ultimately build a diversified and sustainable knowledge-based economy.

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