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Saturday, July 10, 2021

Huawei's Seeds for the Future Program 2.0

Last July 8, Huawei announced its Seeds for the Future Program 2.0, a US$150 million investment in digital talent with a scope of five years. The program will benefit more than 3 million additional people.

Huawei recently held a "Tech & Sustainability: Everyone's Included" forum, co-hosted by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Representatives from Huawei, IUCN, the World Economic Forum, Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), Global Enabling Sustainability (GeSI), and Singapore Institute of International Affairs (SIIA) participated to discuss the role of technology in driving sustainability and building a more inclusive, eco-friendly world.

The UNICEF and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has reported in 2020 that about 2.2 billion people aged 25 years and below lack internet connections in their homes.

Huawei's Chairman, Liang Hua, speaks at the Tech & Sustainability: Everyone's Included forum

"Digital skills and literacy are not just the foundation for the digital economy; they are also a basic human right defined by the United Nations," said Huawei's Chairman Liang Hua at the forum. "Today we are announcing Huawei's Seeds for the Future Program 2.0. As part of our commitment to continuously developing talent, we will invest US$150 million in this program over the next five years and help college students and young people improve their digital skills. This program is expected to benefit more than 3 million additional people."

Huawei remains committed to developing digital talents in the different countries it operates in. Back in 2008, Huawei invested more than US$150 million as it rolled out its talent development programs through scholarships, technology competitions and digital skills trainings. Since then, Huawei has provided assistance to more than 1.54 million people in over 150 countries.

The Seeds for the Future program is designed to inspire local talents and encourage seeds for the society to tackle digital challenges. This program has benefited more than 100 students in the Philippines.

As an echo for the forum, Huawei Asia Pacific held the APAC Media Virtual Roundtable focused on addressing digital inclusion and sustainable development of the region. Jay Chen, Vice President of Huawei Asia Pacific, announced Huawei's plan to cultivate more than 40,000 ICT talent in the next five years through multiple programs in the region, such as the Seeds for Future.

"In the digital economy, digital talent is playing an increasingly important role in driving digital transformation and economic growth. The access to education is vital for creating opportunities that support sustainable and fair development. Due to the pandemic, we are moving the program online and opening it up to more outstanding students than ever before," said Jay Chen.

In the Asia Pacific region, Huawei maintained its presence as a firm enabler for building an inclusive talent ecosystem. Amidst the pandemic, Huawei has managed to collaborate with around 200 universities in countries across the region and over 40 universities in the Philippines.

Climate change and environmental issues are becoming global challenges. Though carbon emissions have declined over the past year due to economic slowdown and worldwide lockdowns. However, emissions are rapidly rebounding as economies reopen. Shifting to a circular economy and achieving sustainable development is now a common goal for all countries.

"Green and sustainable development has become a top priority for global economies", said Liang. "Huawei has been leveraging its extensive experience in power electronics and energy storage as well as technical expertise in 5G, cloud, and AI to develop its digital power business and provide digital power solutions for different industries. As of December 2020, Huawei's digital power products and solutions have generated 325 billion kWh of electricity from renewable sources, and saved a total of 10 billion kWh of electricity. These efforts have resulted in a reduction of 160 million tons in CO2 emissions."

In Singapore, for example, Huawei FusionSolar Solution supported Sunseap Group, a solar energy solutions provider, to build the world's largest offshore floating Photovoltaic (PV) farms. This five-hectare sea-based solar plant has been estimated to produce up to 6,022,500 kWh of energy-enough to power 1250 four-room public housing flats- through its 13,312 solar panels while offsetting an estimated 4258 tons of carbon dioxide according to Bruce Li, Managing Director of the Huawei Asia-Pacific Enterprise Digital Power Business.

"By working together, countries can mutually support one another to meet their sustainability commitments. There are many areas where digital technology can support this, such as enabling a transparent and verifiable carbon market. Singapore's public and private sectors have expressed interest in working with its neighbors on climate action," said Associate Professor Simon Tay, Chairman of SIIA at the forum.


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