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Feature: Huawei sows Seeds for the Future in Zimbabwe by nurturing local ICT talent

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May 20, 2021

Huawei Zimbabwe has kicked off its annual Seeds for the Future program for undergraduate university students which aims to develop local ICT talent.


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This year the number of participants has increased to 30 from the previous 10, giving more ICT students from Zimbabwe’s top universities the opportunity to take part in the prestigious event.

The program, which will run from May 24 to 31, will be held virtually for the second time due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.


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The Seeds for the Future program is Huawei’s biggest global flagship Corporate Social Responsibility program which aims to nurture young ICT professionals in countries where Huawei operates.

“We believe it is crucial that global leading companies like ourselves partner with universities in skills transfer.


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“In this way, we hope that we will enable Zimbabwean universities to provide the skilled workforce that employers need, and that will drive the continued transformation of the economy,” Chad Wei, Managing Director of Huawei Technologies Zimbabwe said during the launch of the program.

This year’s selected participants will get insights into the latest developments in the global ICT industry, and will also study different courses exploring the latest developments in Artificial Intelligence (AI), cloud computing, 5G, and the Internet of Things.

In addition, the students will also have the opportunity to experience virtual tours of Huawei’s campuses in China and will take part in virtual visits to Chinese historical sites.

Speaking at the launch ceremony, Zimbabwe’s ICT minister Jenfan Muswere said the program will go a long way in filling Zimbabwe’s ICT talent gap.

“One of the key challenges we are facing in growing the ICT sector is the lack of skilled ICT professionals. It is therefore pleasing to note that Huawei has made supporting skills development one of their key priorities for building a better connected Zimbabwe,” he said.

Muswere noted that the program dovetails with the government’s digitization efforts.

“The Seeds for the Future program is in line with the ministry’s digitization strategy and our mission to provide an efficient national information communication technology delivering framework and to maintain national cybersecurity,” Muswere said.

One of the beneficiaries of this year’s program, Anesu Mzondiwa, an Electronic Engineering student from the National University of Science and Technology, said the program will greatly help advance the ICT sector in Zimbabwe.

“This program will surely open our minds and give us a better perspective of how to advance ourselves, family businesses, and our country and help us find innovative solutions to Zimbabwe, Africa and beyond.

“Surely learning about 5G, Internet of Things, cloud computing, and other cutting edge technologies from the very best will boost our profiles higher than we have ever dreamt of,” Mzondiwa said.

Speaking at the same event, Wang Wei, Counselor at the Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe, said the initiative by Huawei is one of several programs by the Chinese community that helps build a bond between China and ordinary Zimbabweans.

“Over the past decades, the local Chinese community has built a strong bond with ordinary Zimbabweans.

“While the economic benefits of jobs and value addition they bring to this country is important, I believe the amity and goodwill they have created is even more significant. This is the foundation for an ever-lasting friendship between China and Zimbabwe,” Wang said.

Zimbabwe’s First Lady and Matron of the Seeds for the Future program Auxillia Mnangagwa expressed gratitude to Huawei for such a kind gesture, adding that it will aid in cultivating practical skills for local students.

“ICT improves engagement and knowledge retention so we need the ability to produce and use information effectively. However, in many of our academic programs, there is a gap between the knowledge learned in the classroom and the skills that are necessary in the real world. Through the Seeds for the Future program, Huawei helps resolve this problem,” she said.

During the launch ceremony, the Chinese embassy and Huawei Zimbabwe declared a donation to the Angel of Hope Foundation founded by Auxillia Mnangagwa.

Huawei has over the years developed a number of frameworks that seek to advance Zimbabwe’s ICT sector.

The frameworks include the Huawei ICT Academy, Huawei ICT Talent Ecosystem, and the Seeds for the Future program.

Zimbabwean universities have partnered with Huawei to become Huawei ICT academies and offer courses in Cloud Computing, AI, the Internet of Things, and many more.


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Africa is on a major growth trajectory and the future belongs to Africa .


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from DANIEL JONES in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
VICTORIA FALLS, (CAJ News) – THE multimillion dollar hotel that is the latest such facility in the prime resort town is set to open its doors in the Victoria Falls in July.


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Spencers Creek is building the Palm River Hotel on the edge of the Zambezi River, at a cost of US$24,6 million.

The 71-room four-star hotel, built in partnership with Old Mutual Zimbabwe, targets high end travelers to Zimbabwe’s tourism capital.


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Spencers Creek already runs Ilala Lodge Hotel group, another luxurious facility, in the town.

Heather Kay, the Ilala Lodge general manager, said the new hotel would comprise 60 deluxe rooms, two deluxe suites, two honeymoon suites, two family suites, three executive suites, one presidential suite and one Palm River Villa inclusive of three bedrooms.


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It is also sensitive to disability as it includes two wheelchair accessible rooms.

“Construction of Block A (Acacia) and Block B (Baobab) made up of predominantly Deluxe rooms and a Presidential Suite, together with a refreshing 20-metre infinity pool are now complete and await the arrival of the first guests,” Kay said.


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She said Block C (Combretum) and the main area including the reception, dining hall, bar and fresco restaurant are currently receiving the last of their final touches in preparation for the opening.

Block D (Duiker-berry), Block E (Ebony) and Block F (Fig) are being constructed and expected to be finished this November.

Kay said the hotel is elegantly appointed with comfort and space in mind and the interior design of the rooms is focused on bringing the stylish use of natural tones, locally sourced materials and artwork reflective of the area together.

She said the tastefully modern style of the Queenslander is reflected in the inside as well as the outside, giving a new sense of luxury in the resort city providing guests with comfortable modern convenience.

A river deck on the edge of Zambezi and a large alfresco dining area under a canopy of trees offering an A’la carte service, an outdoor bar, conferencing and events facilities, a pool that transforms into a star wonder-lit completes the luxury.

Palm River has made plans for a shuttle to transport clients between town and the lodge via some areas of interest such as the rainforest, Big Tree, Victoria Falls Bridge and Zambezi National Park.

The Palm hotel is one of a number of tourism developments in Victoria Falls.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa toured the site before construction last year in August.

Construction was delayed by challenges posed by COVID-19.

Recently built lodges in the area include Shearwater Village Explorer, Wild Horizon’s Old Drift and Mbano Manor Hotel and Mpala Jena Camp.

– CAJ News


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De-risking the World’s Future Growth Engine:

African Trade Insurance (ATI) joins The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business

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n our 27-year history as a Chamber of Business (www.CanadaAfrica.ca), the latest range of risk insurance instruments from the African Trade Insurance (ATI) Agency is a major leap forward for Canadian institutional investors and African countries – standing to unlock billions in investment capital.


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ATI facilitates inward investment in Africa by providing insurance against trade and investment risks. This month the organization joined The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business.

‘ATI is a game-changer. From discussions with private equity and pension fund representatives, ATI has the potential to ensure both the perceived and real risks on the continent are well-managed; ensuring investment committees can proceed on deals that until recently may have been deemed too risky,’ says Sebastian Spio-Garbrah, Chair of the Board, Chair of the Board at The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business.


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The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business invites interested parties to learn more.

Join us on Thursday 20 May 2021 at 10:00 ET/ 16:00 CAT / 17:00 EAT


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View the Full Virtual Program (https://bit.ly/3ooyuNB)

RSVP (https://bit.ly/3eSzlmu)


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ATI has a good market position in Africa, based on the scale of its underwriting penetration and benefits from significant local expertise and understanding in a number of African countries. It currently insures trade and investments worth over USD6 billion or an average of 1-2% of GDP annually in its African member countries. ATI’s partners and clients include African Governments, lenders, traders (both domestic & international) and project developers.

‘It has become increasingly clear that to achieve “the Africa we want” the role of private sector must become central in mobilizing the needed resources. Alliances like this one present excellent opportunities to address the development challenges facing our region.’ – Manuel Moses, Chief Executive Officer, ATI

‘During my career on Bay Street, it was clear solutions were needed to unlock the billions of investable capital in Canada. ATI has since developed a suite of products that in my view has dramatically changed the landscape in recent years’  – Deepak Dave, Chief Risk Officer, ATI

ATI’s African Member states contribute, along with international governments, multilaterals and private sector to the pool of capital underwriting investments, without holding any influence over ATI operations. The Nairobi-based multilateral has maintained an ‘A/Stable’ rating for Financial Strength and Counterparty Credit by Standard & Poor’s, and in 2019, ATI obtained an A3/Stable rating from Moody’s.Distributed by APO Group on behalf of The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business.

For More Information:
Garreth Bloor
President
The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business
Tel: +1.647.667.1223
Email: garreth@canadaafrica.ca
Manulife Building RTO
55 Bloor Street West
PO Box 19553
Toronto
Ontario M4W 3T9

About The African Trade Insurance Agency:
ATI was founded in 2001 by African States to cover the trade and investment risks of companies doing business in Africa. ATI predominantly provides Political Risk, Credit Insurance and, Surety Insurance. In 2020, ATI closed the year with a gross exposure of US$6.3 billion and a net profit of US$39.4 million, owing to a strong demand for ATI’s insurance solutions from the international financial sector and from African governments. Since inception, ATI has supported US$66 billion worth of investments and trade into Africa. 
www.ATI-aca.org

About The Canada-Africa Chamber of Business:
The Chamber is committed to accelerating trade, business and investment between Canada and African markets, through world-class networking and information sharing opportunities.

Founded in 1994, the Chamber is based in Toronto and Ottawa, with members located throughout Canada and African markets.

The Chamber is an independent, not-for-profit organization with strong working links with both Canadian and African businesses and governments.
www.CanadaAfrica.ca


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