Huawei and Zalmi Foundation signed Agreement to Develop Entrepreneurial Ecosystem for local Communities

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Islamabad,   (Parliament Times) : A strategic Memorandum of Understanding
(MoU) was signed between Zalmi Foundation and Huawei Pakistan on talent
development activities. This serves as a stepping stone for both organizations to
further develop and expand their relationship. The ceremony was attended by Mr.
Javed Afridi, the Chairman of Zalmi Foundation, Mr. Muhammad Akram, the Head
Coach of Peshawar Zalmi, and Mr. Gaoweiji, the Managing Director of Huawei
Enterprise Business group along with management from both sides.

The aim of this co-operation is to substantially work towards realizing the dream of
“The Digital Pakistan”. Huawei and Zalmi Foundation will work together to promote
innovation and develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem for the future digital economy
of Pakistan.

Huawei and Zalmi Foundation are going to provide programs and activities to
enhance and develop the full potential of local people as well as promote digital
skills, innovation and tech entrepreneurship.

Mr. Javed Afridi, Chairman, Zalmi Foundation said, “The goal of Zalmi Foundation
and Huawei’s partnership will result in the provision of 21st-century skills across
communities in Pakistan. Due to advancements in technology, there is a need to
rethink our approach towards education. Education needs to be more skills-based
now than ever before. Zalmi Foundation is committed to preparing the youth of today
for the workplace challenges of tomorrow. And, today’s partnership will play a crucial
role in this.”

Addressing the ceremony, Mr. Gao stated, “The talent in Pakistan has no bounds;
there are numerous individuals who are hardworking and passionate. However, due
to limited exposure and opportunities, we are yet to utilize all this potential. This
initiative will produce a pool of highly skilled and sought-after professionals who are
not only job-ready but also capable of creating new opportunities. This as a result will
not only benefit these individuals but will also contribute to the growth of the nation.”

Zalmi Foundation is a not-for-profit skills development and competence-building
organization which aims to motivate, educate, and inspire future generations to be
prepared and well-equipped with the challenges of tomorrow. Zalmi Foundation has
a record of demonstrating sustained success in achieving its key objective and
outcomes. The Foundation has already achieved appreciable, measurable, and
progressively improving results in terms of a significant portion of its mandate.

Huawei continues its efforts to bring the latest ICT technology to Pakistan, by putting
dramatic efforts on ICT talent enablement. Currently, there are 1,500 employees,
91% of whom are Pakistani; who not only cover local business responsibilities but
also contribute towards the whole Middle East region, using leading technology
design and remote deployment like 5G, Cloud etc. The company has established
several programs including ICT Certification, Huawei ICT Competition and the
‘Seeds for the Future’ program.

This strategic alliance is going to be the first of the many steps taken by both
companies to substantially work towards realizing the dream of “Digital Pakistan”.
Huawei and Zalmi Foundation will work together to promote skills development,
creativity and innovation, and develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem for the future
digital economy of Pakistan.

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