building digital ecosystems to promote economy – Manila Bulletin
HUAWEI CONNECT 2022, Huawei’s 7th annual flagship event for the global ICT industry, kicked off in Bangkok on Monday. Huawei has brought together industry leaders, experts and partners from around the world to explore how to unleash digital productivity more effectively.
Initiatives to help all industries go digital
Ken Hu, Rotating Chairman of Huawei, delivered a keynote speech outlining three ways the ICT ecosystem can help overcome common barriers to digital transformation:
- Boost digital infrastructure, including more robust connectivity and stronger, more diverse computing resources.
- Help organizations go beyond simple cloud adoption and take full advantage of the cloud, focusing on advanced technology services that drive early-stage development.
- Build local digital ecosystems, including partner development, strengthen the digital talent pool and provide more support to SMEs.
GDP growth has been volatile over the past two years. However, the digital economy has been growing steadily globally – over 15% in 2021. This has prompted many organizations to transform their operations and service offerings with next-generation digital technology.
“Going digital is clearly the right choice,” Hu said. “The demand is there, the technologies too. The world is unleashing digital productivity, and it’s happening.
HE David Almirol, Undersecretary of the Department of Information and Communications Technology in the Philippines, delivered a speech at the event. He said, “The Philippines will bring and launch the government cloud soon. Not only to unify what we have, but to build more government cloud services in the country and the government can’t do that without a really good partner. We have to unify all that we have and we have to ask for help from many private entities. Our main intention, therefore, is to find ways to build a foundation to invite everyone to build on this foundation, so that the government becomes an enabler for everyone.
Building local ecosystems for shared success
At the event, Huawei reinforced its commitment to open collaboration and shared success. The company called on governments and businesses to work more closely together to cultivate local digital ecosystems that create innovation partners, strengthen the talent pool and support startups.
Simon Lin, president of Huawei’s Asia-Pacific region, released the First digital economy white paper which looks at targeted policy suggestions for building digital infrastructure and developing the digital economy in the Asia-Pacific region.
“The Asia-Pacific region is at the forefront of the global digital landscape,” Lin said. “Huawei is committed to becoming a key contributor to the digital economy in the region. We will continue to support its digitization and sustainable development efforts, and grow the industry ecosystem.” As countries in the region are building ICT talent to drive the digital economy, Huawei will continue to strengthen the talent ecosystem through leadership, skills and knowledge.”
Speaking from the perspective of a technology provider, Mr. Jeff Wang, President of Public Affairs and Communications of Huawei, said, “Connecting people and nurturing the next generation of talent is more important than ever to make advancing digital transformation. For more than 20 years, we have worked closely with our partners in Asia-Pacific to provide Internet access to the unconnected. In the meantime, we are on track to achieve our goal of training 500,000 ICT talents in the region by 2026.”
New Huawei Cloud region in Indonesia and more than 15 new services
At the event, Zhang Ping’an, CEO of Huawei Cloud, announced the launch of new Huawei Cloud regions in Indonesia and Ireland. By the end of 2022, Huawei Cloud will operate 75 Availability Zones in 29 regions around the world, strengthening services for more than 170 countries and regions.
Huawei Cloud and its partners also took this opportunity to launch the “Go Cloud, Go Global” ecosystem plan. Focusing on Everything as a Service, Huawei Cloud is committed to creating the industry-leading platform for cloud innovation. As part of these efforts, Huawei announced the global launch of more than 15 new advanced services.
The three-day conference in Bangkok is the first stop on HUAWEI CONNECT’s 2022 global tour. With two main sessions, six summits, as well as several breakout sessions and demos, this year’s event dives into the challenges facing Governments and enterprises face every step of their digital transformation journey with Huawei’s advancements in digital infrastructure, as well as the latest cloud services and solutions from the company’s ecosystem partners.
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