Pakistani PM Sharif Strengthens Ties with Huawei
[Islamabad, Pakistan, May 6, 2022] At a meeting today with Yi Xiang, Huawei's Senior Vice President and President for the Middle East region, Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif spoke publically on plans to increase cooperation with Huawei's information technology development in Pakistan. Also in attendance at the meeting were the Chinese Charge d' Affairs to Pakistan Pang Chunxue, Huawei Pakistan CEO Meng Qiang, and Huawei Pakistan Public Relations Director Wu Han.
Pakistan currently exports US$1.5 billion in software services and related products annually, and this industry is expected to continue seeing rapid growth. Huawei, in particular, has also played a key part in developing Pakistan's ICT talent ecosystem ever since it began operating in the region in 1998.
Sharif expressed his hopes for Huawei's future role in the country by saying, "Pakistan has a highly competitive IT technological talent and education system, which has great potential for development. Huawei's significant contributions to our IT infrastructure and high-tech talent pool have brought new development opportunities for Pakistan. The Pakistani government wants to continue attracting investment from high-tech companies like Huawei. We look forward to strengthening our cooperation with Huawei and accelerating the penetration of innovative technologies that will truly benefit all Pakistanis."
Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif meets with regional leadership from Huawei
Huawei's Yi also commented, "Huawei Pakistan has long prioritized market investment and development. We are glad to continue supporting the government's efforts to provide opportunities and development platforms for young Pakistanis and promote sustainable development of Pakistan's ICT industry. And so, Huawei will continue to invest in our ICT Academy to develop more young ICT professionals as well as our local HUAWEI CLOUD, smart campus, talent ecosystem, and service center expansion."
Huawei has established 93 ICT Academies that provide ICT training for 40,000 students around Pakistan. In addition, in May 2021, Pakistan's president oversaw the beginning of a program between Huawei and the Federal Ministry of Information and Telecommunications (MoITT) that provided 1,000 government officials with ICT training.