14th December 2018
"Sierra Leone Needs Huawei's Digital Transformation," Bio Asserts in China!
By a press release (10/09/18)
Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio did not mince words in China when he asked for Huawei's technical assistance in digital transformation.
Visiting Huawei’s Executive Briefing Center with Li Jie, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Huawei, President Bio expressed the hope in strengthening cooperation with Huawei and to also help in agriculture, education and health. (Photo: President Bio, seated 6th right, with the SLPP delegation flanked by Huawei's officials in China).
President Bio explained that Huawei’s contribution to boosting a comprehensive Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure in Sierra Leone will lay a solid foundation to providing a fast track for Sierra Leone's long-term development in all sectors.
Li Jie said that Sierra Leone maintains a good momentum for growth with huge potential, and the ICT industry in Sierra Leone has developed quickly in recent years. Rooted in Sierra Leone for more than a decade, Huawei has been committed to the construction of ICT infrastructure in the country, contributing to boosting connectivity and digitalisation.
President Bio said that the national backbone network project carried out by Huawei has dramatically improved ICT infrastructure in Sierra Leone and laid a solid base for Sierra Leone’s digital transformation. He expects Huawei to further participate in promoting the social economic development of Sierra Leone with its ICT capability.
Huawei and Sierra Leone Sign Agreement
Li said Huawei would continue to offer advice and suggestions to ICT development planning in Sierra Leone with its global expertise and local experience under the guidance of Sierra Leone's national development strategy. He added that Huawei is committed to bringing the digital world to more individuals, families, and organisations in Sierra Leone, by developing more digital services tailored to local needs, to fully unleash the transformative power of ICT in improving people’s lives and increasing efficiency.
After the talks, the Ministry of Information and Communications of Sierra Leone and Huawei signed a Memorandum of Understanding on establishing a strategic partnership in the ICT field, which aims to explore the best ways of ICT development and its role in enhancing social economic development.
Since the company entered Sierra Leone in 2004, Huawei has been working with local operators to provide secure, stable and high-quality communication networks for Sierra Leoneans, while contributing to the country's digital transformation.
Huawei currently serves more than 60 percent of the country’s population with its products and services. Huawei also actively fulfills its corporate social responsibility to eliminate the digital divide through training programmes. It also adheres to its consistent philosophy of focusing on basic research and open cooperation by engaging with universities in the country to consolidate ICT personnel bases for national development.
Huawei is a leading global provider of ICT and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains - telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services - they are committed to bringing digital services to every person, home and organisation for a fully connected and intelligent world.