Chinese phone giant Huawei has signed a memorandum of understanding with the African Union. They will leverage the new deal to improve the AU’s technical expertise on issues that border on information and communication technology.
The partnership will be an avenue for Huawei to strengthen the Internet of things, cloud computing, broadband, 5G networks, and Artificial Intelligence sectors. The phone company will also leverage this opportunity to train youths in tech skills, offer cybersecurity, digital health and education of the Au’s departments.
This comes amidst the trade war between China and the US. The US government accused Huawei’s 5G of spying and reporting intelligent services to the Chinese government. Although Huawei denies these claims, the US government released an entity list that bans Huawei from importing and exporting software and hardware to the US.
The agreement between Huawei and the AU dates back to 2015. Huawei’s Vice President for Northern Africa, Philippe Wang said that the partnership showcases the confidence between Huawei and AU. He also said that the deal will end all rumours regarding Huawei’s leakage of the AU’s data. The AU has carried out an audit of its IT system.
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