Chinese telecom giant Huawei recently announced its Seeds for the Future Program 2.0 at the "Tech & Sustainability: Everyone’s Included" forum.
Through the programme, the company plans to invest $150 million in digital talent development over the next five years, expecting to benefit more than 3 million people.
The forum, organised in China, was co-hosted by Huawei and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Representatives from Huawei, IUCN, the World Economic Forum, Carbon Disclosure Project, Global Enabling Sustainability Initiative, and Singapore Institute of International Affairs joined the event to discuss the role of technology in driving sustainability and building a more inclusive, eco-friendly world.
At the forum, Jay Chen, vice-president of Huawei Asia Pacific, announced the company's plan to cultivate more than 40,000 ICT talent in the next five years through multiple programmes including Seeds for the Future in the region.
"In the digital economy, digital talent is playing an increasingly important role in driving digital transformation and economic growth. Access to education is vital for creating opportunities that support sustainable and fair development. Due to the pandemic, we are moving the programme online and opening it up to more outstanding students than ever before," said Jay.
The Seeds for the Future program, initiated in Bangladesh in 2014, is designed to inspire local talents and encourage them to tackle digital challenges. The programme has so far seen participation from around 6,000 students in the country.
Other talent development programmes of the company in Bangladesh include ICT Competition, ICT Academy, and Digital Training Bus in collaboration with various private and public sector organisations and agencies.