Huawei has said it plans to invest $150 million in digital talent development over the next five years, which will be beneficial to about three million youths in Africa.

The technology company in a statement quoted its Chairman, Liang Hua, to have said: “Today we are announcing Huawei’s Seeds for the Future Program 2.0. As part of our commitment to continuously develop talent, we will invest $150 million in the program over the next five years and help college students and young people improve their digital skills. The program is expected to benefit another three million people.”

In 2008, Huawei began to expand its talent development programs, through scholarships, technology competitions, and digital skills training, and has invested more than $150 million in these programs. Huawei has tremendously benefited more than 1.54 million people from over 150 countries.

Seeds for the Future is a program that aims to help cultivate young talent around the world, providing them with training from global ICT experts on the latest technology to help them develop the skills and mindsets needed to be competitive in the workplaces of the future, the statement further said.

Huawei introduced the program to Africa in 2014. Over the past years, the program has benefited nearly 2,000 students in more than 25 African countries. The program and Huawei’s efforts in ICT talent development has been recognised by many African governments.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, had said: “Nigeria is positioning to be the continent’s leader in digitalisation. Burkina Faso already has a ministry of digital economy but we have so many advantages” The advantages, according to him, include the country’s population and location, the contribution of the ICT to Gross Domestic Product, and the level of the ICT literacy among Nigerians.