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By Victoria “NIKE” De Dios

Digital transformation, IR4.0 and digital adaption have become the buzzwords pre-pandemic and even now as the world deals with the post-pandemic.

For a former techpreneur and CEO of Multisys Technologies Corporation and now DICT Undersecretary, David Almirol, noted in his speech during the HUAWEI CONNECT 2022, Huawei’s 7th annual flagship event for the global ICT industry, in Bangkok sees the necessity of embracing the available digital technologies in the world to ensure our country will not lag behind.

“The Philippines is bringing and launching government cloud soon. Not only to unify what we have but to build more government cloud services in the country and the government cannot do it without a very good partner. We need to unify whatever we have and we need to ask for help from a lot of private entities. So our main intention is to find ways to build a foundation to invite everyone to build on top of that foundation so that the government will become an enabler to everyone,” he underscored/

Meanwhile, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman Ken Hu, who delivered his keynote speech outlined three ways the ICT ecosystem can help break through common barriers in digital transformation: 

  • Boost digital infrastructure, including more robust connectivity and stronger, more diverse computing resources. 
  • Help organizations go beyond simple cloud adoption and truly make the most of cloud, focusing on advanced technology services that drive leapfrog development.
  • Build out local digital ecosystems, including partner development, strengthening the digital talent pool, and providing more support for SMEs.
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GDP growth has been unstable over the past two years. However, the digital economy has seen consistent growth on a global scale – more than 15% in 2021. This has prompted many organizations to transform their operations and service offerings with next-generation digital technology.

“Going digital is clearly the right choice,” said Hu. “The demand is there, and so are the technologies. The world is unleashing digital productivity, and it’s happening right now.”

Building out local ecosystems for shared success

At the event, Huawei reinforced its commitment to open collaboration and shared success. The company called for governments and enterprises to work more closely together to cultivate local digital ecosystems that build up innovation partners, strengthen the talent pool, and support startups.

Simon Lin, the President of Huawei Asia-Pacific Region, released the Digital First Economy whitepaper that delves into targeted policy suggestions for digital infrastructure construction and digital economy development in the Asia-Pacific region. 

“The Asia-Pacific region is standing at the forefront of the global digital landscape,” said Lin. “Huawei is committed to becoming a key contributor to the digital economy in the region. We will keep supporting its digitalization and sustainable development efforts, and building out the industry ecosystem.” “As countries in the region are empowering ICT talents to boost digital economy, Huawei will keep strengthening the talent ecosystem through leadership, skill, and knowledge.”

Speaking from the perspective of a tech provider, Mr. Jeff Wang, President of Huawei Public Affairs and Communications said: “Connecting people and building the next generation of talent is more important than ever for driving forward digital transformation. For more than 20 years, we’ve worked closely with our partners in Asia Pacific to provide Internet access to the unconnected. Meanwhile, we are on track to meet our goal of training 500,000 ICT talents in the region by 2026.” 

New Huawei Cloud Region in Indonesia, and 15+ new services

At the event, Zhang Ping’an, the CEO of Huawei Cloud, announced the launch of new Huawei Cloud Regions in Indonesia and Ireland. By the end of 2022, Huawei Cloud will operate 75 availability zones in 29 regions around the world, boosting services for more than 170 countries and regions. 

Huawei Cloud and its partners also took this opportunity to launch the “Go Cloud, Go Global” ecosystem plan. Focusing on Everything as a Service, Huawei Cloud is committed to building the industry-leading platform for innovations on the cloud. As part of these efforts, Huawei announced the global launch of 15+ new advanced services.

The three-day conference in Bangkok is the first stop on HUAWEI CONNECT’s global tour in 2022. Featuring two keynote sessions, six summits, as well as multiple breakout sessions and demos, this year’s event dives into the challenges that governments and enterprises face at all stages of their digital transformation journey, Huawei’s advancements in digital infrastructure, as well as the company’s latest cloud services and ecosystem partner solutions.

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