Future sustainability requires more ICT talent


    WITH the strides of technology leapfrogging the availability of manpower, sustaining the world’s digital future requires rapidly developing ICT talent.

    This was essentially the message of Huawei’s Catherine Chen, Corporate Senior Vice President and Director of the Board, at the Better World Summit 2020 in Shenzhen, China. According to Chen, telecom regulators across many nations and industries must work together to address the shared challenges that have emerged as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic which may have disrupted the global economy, slowing down movement, exchange of goods but not the exchange of ideas, creativity, curiosity and socialization.

    “To revive the economy, we need top-down designs, as well as bottom-up creativity and vitality. Supporting government policies coupled with active digital transformation across the industry will bring the benefits of digital technology to all industries, boost their efficiency, and restore growth,” Chen commented.

    Since the pandemic rapid fired the world into digitalizing, it is clear that the ICT sector must respond to the need to sustain and maintain it. Many digital services providers like video streaming, Cloud platforms, SaaS, data centers and connectivity services grew many times over. According to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), over half of the world’s population still does not have Internet access nor access to other digital technologies. As economies across countries slow, governments grow increasingly concerned with economic recovery strategies.

    “We envision a more connected, intelligent, and innovative future. Above all else, we must ensure this is an inclusive, sustainable, and better future by all, for all,” Chen said.

    As more countries and regions successfully implement infection control measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, economic activity in certain countries has begun to return to normal. Multiple governments have launched a variety of stimulus plans, and ICT invariably has held a key place in these plans.

    “Huawei’s flagship Seeds for the Future program, launched in 2008, was designed to develop local ICT talent. So far, this program has benefited more than 30,000 students from over 400 universities in 108 countries and regions, including the Philippines. Due to the pandemic, we are moving the program online and opening it up to more outstanding students than ever before. As more industries adopt digital technologies, they will drive the United Nation’s 2030 Strategic Development Goals, especially those related to climate change,” Chen concluded.


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