Huawei gives long-term commitment to Australian market with Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Huawei Chairwoman meets Australian Prime Minister
Beijing, China, 9 April 2013: Huawei’s global Chairwoman Ms Sun Yafang has held a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard in Beijing, China, where she confirmed Huawei’s long-term commitment to the Australian market. During the meeting, Ms Sun told the Prime Minister that Huawei was encouraged by the Federal Government’s ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ White Paper, saying Huawei looked forward to playing a significant role in promoting opportunities in business and education between the two countries.
Ms Sun said the Prime Minister encouraged Huawei to seek opportunities to grow its commercial business in Australia, and to continue to forge partnerships with Australian companies and educational institutions.
“Huawei is committed to forging long-term business, community and education partnerships that will benefit the Australian people and the economy,” Ms Sun said.
“We’re working with the Australian ICT industry to provide opportunities for local businesses to integrate into our global supply chain, giving Australian companies the benefit of involvement with Huawei’s advanced technologies and access to enhanced export opportunities.”
The Chairwoman noted that the establishment of a local Board of Directors in Australia had been a great success for the local business, adding that Huawei was looking at replicating the model in other markets around the world. Huawei Australia has grown from a company of just 20 staff in 2004 to over 700 staff today, over 85% of which are locals.
Ms Sun said Research and Development was critical to Huawei’s ongoing success, adding the company would continue to seek partnerships with Australian universities and businesses to expand its technology and innovation programs. The Chairwoman confirmed with the Prime Minister that Huawei would launch a Scholarship Program in 2013, bringing Australia’s brightest ICT students to the company’s Shenzhen Headquarters to conduct a three-week training and work experience course.