DPM visits Huawei's Beijing Research Center
Focus Malaysia 11 Jul 2019 13:08

The Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail visited Huawei's Beijing Research Center and met with Liang Hua, Chairman of Huawei. They spoke at length about the developments in ICT, as well as the ICT infrastructure rollout in Malaysia. They also discussed how to leverage new technology to build smart cities and improve smart healthcare and smart education in Malaysia.

During the visit, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was briefed on Huawei's latest business developments. Huawei technical experts shared their latest progress in 5G and demonstrated their in-house R&D capabilities in core chip domains. She was then invited to experience Huawei's cloud services, as well as industry applications spanning smart cities, smart education, and smart healthcare.

The Deputy Prime Minister showed interest in the applications of Cloud Computing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in disaster management, crime prevention and also in the improvement for health and medical services. She also commended Huawei’s efforts in the development and training of talent in Malaysia. She wishes that Huawei and Malaysia can synergistically work out a win-win partnership, while ensuring that technology will not be the reason for family and societal values to be ignored.

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail remarked, "In the pursuit of technology, I hope people in the rural areas will not be left behind. In addition, any development on ICT must have a viable value base behind it."

Liang Hua said, "Modernized ICT infrastructure is very important for Malaysia's future development. The national digital strategy will help improve the country’s economic and industry development and promote social progress. Huawei is ready and willing to work more closely, cultivating ICT professionals locally. By fully utilizing technologies, products, and solutions, such as 5G, AI, cloud, big data, and smart cities, we want to proactively contribute to the rollout of ICT infrastructure and the digital journey in Malaysia."

Since entering the Malaysian market in 2001, Huawei has maintained robust growth. With its regional headquarters based in Malaysia, the ICT company has also set up 11 shared service centers, employing about 2,400 people, around 1,700 of whom are local hires.

Huawei is committed to leveraging ICT technologies and capabilities to fulfill its corporate social responsibilities. Over the past five years, Huawei has sponsored 86 outstanding local university students, who have traveled to China as part of Huawei's Seeds for the Future program. Huawei's Global Training Center in Cyberjaya has cultivated more than 20,000 skilled ICT professionals. In 2019, Huawei promised to continue the ICT Academy program, collaborating with 14 local universities, strengthening the talent development of ICT industry in Malaysia.

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