Beijing, China, April 25, 2019] Today, Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad visited Huawei's Beijing Research Center and met with Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei. The two spoke at length about how to leverage information and communications technology (ICT) to better facilitate Malaysia's economic development and serve local communities.
Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei receiving Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad
During the visit, the Prime Minister was briefed on Huawei's latest business developments. In addition, Huawei's technical experts explained the latest developments of Huawei's 5G technology to the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister also experienced Huawei's cloud services, as well as industry applications spanning smart city, smart manufacturing, and smart transportation. Using Huawei's telepresence system, the Prime Minister also spoke with students from Huawei's Seeds for the Future program, who were about 4,300 kilometers away in Huawei's Malaysia Office and at the Malaysia Global Training Center.
Group photo of representatives from Huawei and Malaysia
Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad remarked, "I am very much impressed by these demonstrations of the capabilities of Huawei. It is obvious that many people can use this technology to improve their performance. I had a very good morning here learning lots of new things. Achievements of Huawei are very remarkable and we are learning more on how to use artificial intelligence for many different applications. For many of us, this is a good lesson on how progress has been made by China and by Huawei."
Ren Zhengfei said, "Malaysia has a favorable geographic location. The country adopts an open and pragmatic approach to ICT, and has made future-oriented investment in this area. I believe that the widespread deployment of 5G networks will further boost the adoption of ICT and digital technology in Malaysia and accelerate the pace of development of its digital economy. Huawei will keep working hard to bridge the digital divide and nurture more ICT professionals in this country."
Since entering Malaysia in 2001, Huawei has maintained robust growth. Our regional headquarters is in Malaysia and we have established 11 shared service centers in the country, employing about 2,400 people, around 1,700 of whom are local hires. Huawei is committed to bringing the latest information and communications technology to Malaysia.
At the 5G Showcase held by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission on April 18, 2019, Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad made Malaysia's first 5G video call with Huawei's Mate X smartphone.
Huawei is also committed to leveraging ICT capabilities to fulfil its corporate social responsibilities. Over the past five years, Huawei has sponsored 76 outstanding Malaysian university students who have travelled to China as part of Huawei's Seeds for the Future program. Huawei's Global Training Center in Cyberjaya has cultivated more than 20,000 skilled ICT professionals for Malaysia.