The headquarters of Huawei Technologies in Shenzhen, China.

Cape Town - Huawei announced on Tuesday that it had signed a memorandum of understanding with the African Union to enhance information and communications (ICT) infrastructure and literacy in Africa, including training up to 1 000 ICT professionals from AU member states.

“We are very grateful for Huawei’s goodwill to offer ICT training for 25 employees from the AU in China in the near future. Huawei has also pledged to train up to 1 000 ICT professionals from AU member states,” the African Union’s commissioner for infrastructure and energy Dr Elham Ibrahim said in a statement from the ICT company, which has spent more than $30 billion on research and development over the past 10 years.

Huawei’s senior vice-president Charles Ding said: “We believe that ICT technologies are reshaping Africa and other parts of the world, and leading the next wave of sustainable social development.”

The technology giant, which reported revenues of $46.5 billion last year and has operations in 170 countries, said it was “dedicated” to helping African countries that were striving for industrialisation and modernisation.

“We hope to support ICT infrastructure deployment and digital transformation practices across the continent, consequently making a greater contribution to poverty reduction and regional civilisation,” Ding said.