Commission, Huawei Collaborate to Boost Ethiopia’s ICT Talent Ecosystem

ADDIS ABABA – Government’s Jobs Creation Commission (JCC) and Huawei, a leading global provider of telecom infrastructure, have signed on Monday a memorandum of understanding to cultivate the ICT talent ecosystem in Ethiopia.

The ecosystem will help students and professionals to get internationally recognized certifications and develop a better career path in the telecom and IT sectors.

Under this collaboration, Huawei’s training and certification will build a career path for new graduates, students, equip entrepreneurs with the latest trends in the industry.

The Ecosystem will also accredit local workforce with international standards through Job Creation Commissions skill development, entrepreneurship, and oversees employment programs.

The program aims to train and certify 800 professionals in the first year and 4000 in the coming 3 years to be competent professionals in the local and international Labor market.

Nigussu Tilahun, head of JCC, has pinpointed the relevance of such private sector actors in building the capacity of the youth and creating job opportunities, especially in the ICT sector.

He also asserts building skills that will contribute greatly to the Digital Transformation plans of Ethiopia in the coming years.

In the first year of rollout, Huawei-JCC ICT Ecosystem aims to raise awareness from the public, promote job opportunities, training and certifications in 40 universities.

The number will be scaled up to cover 100 Universities and TVET institutions in the next three years, officials said.

“Over the next three years, we plan to deliver courses on communications technologies, cutting-edge techs like cloud computing, and enterprise network building for graduates, entrepreneurs, and professionals looking for opportunities abroad,” said Chen Mingliang, CEO of Huawei Technologies Ethiopia.

“With the leadership and strategic partnership of JCC, we will endeavor to reach our goals in terms of training, certifying, and job matching, and I have a firm belief we will achieve them,” added Chen.

The Jobs Creation Commission has a plan to create 20 million jobs by the year 2030.

In the last fiscal year, the commission has created 3 million jobs for the youth and striving to create more than 14 million jobs in the next 4 years.

The opening up of the telecom sector is expected to create over 10,000 job opportunities.