[Shenzhen, China, May 26, 2014]: Huawei, the world’s leading information and communications technology (ICT) provider, today announced that Ms. Sun Yafang, Chairwoman of the Board met with Dr Vince Cable MP, UK Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen. Dr. Cable toured Huawei’s Exhibition Hall and R&D facilities, before delivering a keynote address as part of the third UK-China Leadership Forum. Yang Xueshan, Vice Minister of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China, also attended the forum and made a keynote speech.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: “Huawei’s long-term commitment to the UK is a vote of confidence in our status as a knowledge economy. The location of key Huawei R&D facilities in the UK will have a direct global impact on cutting-edge technologies. This is further evidence that global companies are attracted to the UK because of the strength of our skills base and the Government’s investment in it.”
Ms. Sun said: “I am very pleased to be able to host his visit to our headquarters campus and to show him first-hand the cutting-edge technology which is enabling Huawei to build a better connected world. Huawei’s commitment to invest and procure £1.3bn in the UK by 2017 is on track and a significant portion of that will fund the expansion of our R&D facilities in the UK.”
The Third UK-China Leadership Forum
The third UK-China Leadership Forum was organised collectively by UK Trade & Investment, the China Britain Business Council and Huawei Technologies. Supported by delegates from government, businesses and academia, the Forum explored the theme of Smart Cities, the impact of technology in urban environments, and how effective analysis of Big Data created by a city’s inhabitants can be used to improve the quality of city life.
Huawei hosted a delegation of UK high-tech companies, facilitating a series of meetings between Huawei and local partners to discuss potential future collaboration and business opportunities.
During Dr Cable’s visit to Huawei headquarters, Huawei signed a Memorandum of Understanding with BT covering the potential supply of data-centre services by BT to Huawei.