By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Ghana’s Vice President, H.E Paa Kwasi Amissah Arthur, has officially commissioned the Huawei Seeds for the Future Programme in Accra. The eeds for the Future is Huawei’s global CSR flagship program initiated by Huawei in 2008, aimed at developing local ICT talent, enhancing knowledge transfer, and improving people’s understanding of and interest in the telecommunications industry.
Ghana, the second African country to benefit from the programme after Kenya, also becomes the first within West Africa to launch this Seeds for the Future programme. The programme will run from 2015 to 2019 where 15 brilliant Ghanaian students will be selected each year to China and to take part in ICT innovative training.
In his remarks the Vice President urged the young graduates who were both selected from public and private universities to use the opportunity to learn and come back to Ghana very resourceful.
The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana H.E Sun Baohong who was in attendance also commended Huawei for its consistent social responsibility projects. According to her, China and Ghana recently celebrated their 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations. The sound relations between the two countries lie in the amity between their peoples, which is based on the closeness in their hearts. She said over the past 55 years, China-Ghana relations have registered healthy and stable development with fruitful cooperation on all fronts. She also indicated that in 2014, 3400 self-financed Ghanaian students studied in China, ranking No.1 in that of Africa. The Chinese embassy in Ghana had also sponsored over 400 students on scholarship programs in Ghana.
Mr. Felix Kwakye-Ofosu, Deputy Minister of Communications on behalf of Government of Ghana and the MD of Huawei Russel Xu later signed a memorandum of understanding on the Seeds for the Future programme.