Huawei technologies has signed a deal with the Kenya government to build a Government cloud infrastructure for government cloud services, migrate government data and applications to the government cloud, and create a platform for government departments to share data and better communicate.
According to the firm, this will help provide a “One-window style solution” for government services improving government efficiency. The deal was signed by Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of the Republic of Kenya when he visited Huawei’s Beijing Executive Briefing Center and met with Huawei’s Rotating CEO, Guo Ping.
The two also discussed how to work together to improve Kenya’s ICT infrastructure, Government cloud platform, public safety, and smart cities. Following the discussions, the Republic of Kenya and Huawei signed an agreement for collaboration on building a
Even though Kenyans are struggling to see gains from the security systems installed in Nairobi and Mombasa by Huawei, the firm added that it has donated a set of safe city equipment to three major towns in Kenya to help strengthen policing capabilities and protection of people’s lives and property, which the President commented as very useful and important for the country. The equipment includes 6eNodeB Stations, 150 Radio Trunking Terminals, and a Radio Trunking System Core Network and Dispatch System.
In addition Huawei committed to extend its flagship ICT talent program, “Seeds for the Future” for a further three years from 2018-2020. Seeds for the Future will provide training for 30 outstanding University students in the ICT field giving them advanced training in China. This equips local students with important skills for them to drive forward Kenya’s ICT industry and the ICT ecosystem.
Huawei Rotating CEO Guo Ping commented: “ICT is the enabler of the development of a digital society. Across the world governments are making it one of their top priorities to utilize ICT to drive their digital transformation. Huawei recognizes that Kenya has made the development of its ICT industry one of its major priorities and invested accordingly. Its national Vision 2030 is highly strategic and forward-looking and will help guide the ICT industry forward and accelerate socio-economic growth. With a clear focus on building Kenya’s ICT infrastructure, Huawei will continue working closely with Kenya to share our leading technologies and solutions along with our global experiences to push forward Kenya’s digital economic development.”
Huawei Kenya local activities and partnerships include building the local M-PESA servers and NOFBI, as well as Huawei’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives including significant contributions to community development, wildlife protection, women’s and children’s welfare and supporting those affected by natural disasters.
Huawei has operated in Kenya for more than 19 years. Currently Huawei’s ICT products and solutions cover services for Kenya’s citizens and government.