Ken Hu, Huawei's Rotating Chairman,Business Features

Huawei digital congress pushes for more innovations in APAC

In its Huawei APAC Digital Innovation Congress, jointly held with the Asean Foundation, the Shenzhen-based technology firm affirms its commitment to supporting digital innovations in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

Held in Singapore, the Huawei APAC Digital Innovation Congress gathered over 1,500 government officials, experts, researchers, partners, and analysts from more than 10 countries in the region. The attendees explored the future of digital innovation and the digital economy. Topics discussed included the ongoing advancements in information and communications technology (ICT), how to speed up digital transformation across all industries, and green and low-carbon development.

“The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most culturally and economically vibrant regions in the world,” said Ken Hu, rotating chairman of Huawei, during his opening speech. “It has long played an important role in global economic growth, and now plays an equally important role in digital innovation.”

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He noted that many APAC countries have elevated digital transformation to a strategic policy level and are actively going green.

Hu highlighted Huawei’s “deep roots in APAC” as the company has been serving customers in the region for more than 30 years. He noted that Huawei will continue with its digital innovation investments “to help our partners in the region meet their strategic development goals.”

“In 2022, we will increase our support for a Green and Digital APAC by promoting digital infrastructure, low-carbon development, and digital inclusion,” he said.

“Only a strong digital talent team can achieve an inclusive and resilient digital Asia-Pacific region,” said Yang Mee Eng, executive director of the Asean Foundation. “The Huawei APAC Digital Innovation Congress 2022 marks another critical milestone in the ASEAN Foundation-Huawei partnership to continue creating a talent development-focused learning ecosystem that will help address the digital skills shortage in the region.”

APAC digital economy

“Huawei hopes to help Asia Pacific build a leading and green infrastructure, create a thriving industry ecosystem, and empower an inclusive and sustainable region,” said Simon Lin, president of Huawei APAC. “Huawei has provided connectivity for more than 90 million households and one billion mobile users in Asia Pacific. Huawei’s IaaS market share ranks No. 4 in the region’s emerging market, and Huawei is integrating digital and power electronics technologies to enable energy digitalization for a greener future.”

In Asia-Pacific, Huawei has established partnerships with nearly 10,000 enterprise and cloud partners and plans to invest $100 million in the Spark startup ecosystem and trained 170,000 locals on digital skills, and plans to provide digital training to another 500,000 within five years as part of its efforts to develop a talent ecosystem that can drive the digital economy forward.

Huawei said it is committed to promoting ICT industry development in the Philippines and conducted several corporate social responsibility programs, such as School in A Bag, Huawei Philippines Scholarship, and Seeds for the Future, which has been in the Philippines for seven years. Seeds of the Future benefited more than 200 students. Huawei Philippines also partners with more than 60 Philippine universities in ICT Academy and covered more than 13,000 students.

The Huawei APAC Digital Innovation Congress concluded with the thought that a thriving and sustainable Digital Asia-Pacific will depend on effective top-level strategic planning, favorable industrial policies, solid digital infrastructure, wide adoption of digital applications, and a strong digital talent ecosystem.