[Shenzhen, China, July 13, 2014]: Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced that its CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei met Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome Wirtu at Huawei’s headquarters in Shenzhen. President Mulatu visited Huawei’s exhibition halls and had a talk with Mr. Ren Zhengfei.
During the talk with President Mulatu, Mr Ren said, "I want to extend our warm welcome to your Excellency Mr. President and your delegation. The ICT industry can boost economic growth. Huawei will help the Ethiopian Government to build its telecommunications infrastructure and I believe that the digital divide that we’re seeing today cross Africa can be bridged. Huawei stands ready to do our part to contribute even greater success. At the same time, Huawei understands the Ethiopian Government’s urgent need for the development of its ICT industry. We have many successful experiences in Africa and across the world, and we are willing to share our experience with you."
President Mulatu extended his appreciation and recognition of Huawei's efforts in improving communications services in Ethiopia. He said: "I’m happy to know that Ethiopia Telecom is satisfied with your performance and they are looking forward to further strengthen the cooperation scope to a new phase. "
President Mulatu added, "We’re expecting Huawei to think of a long-term strategic partnership with Ethiopia. You have to think the sustainable partnership and strategic investments in Ethiopia, including giving advice and opinions on how we develop Ethiopia’s telecom and IT industry so that we can become a leading country in Africa."
ICT technologies have become an important engine that drives development across all industries. Huawei is committed to developing the ICT industry in the 170 countries where it operates, thereby supporting economic, social and environmental sustainability. Huawei will continue to share its ICT knowledge with local communities in various ways and help local communities develop highly efficient education systems and nurture ICT professionals.