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Goodwill Message of Amb. Zhou Pingjian at the Award Ceremony of the 2018 Huawei ICT Competition

It is a great pleasure and honor for me to join you in the Award Ceremony of the 2018 Huawei ICT Competition in Nigeria. Let me express my warm congratulations to all the young talents of Nigeria for your excellent performance in the competition.

"To make the Nigerian economy more competitive in the 21st century global economy, its industrial policy must be linked to a digital-led strategy for growth.” I find the above-mentioned assessment in the document of ERGP very impressive.

The ERGP, Nigeria’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, continues to state, “The overall goals of a digital-led strategy for growth centre on the establishment of an ICT ecosystem in Nigeria. This is enabled through significantly expanding broadband coverage, increasing e-government, and establishing ICT clusters, starting in the SEZs. Government will also drive a programme to build the skills in this sector, focusing on training IT Engineers in software developing, programming, network development and cyber security.”

It is my belief that all of you present here today, government officials, professors and students from various universities, business representatives including Huawei, are integral parts of Nigeria’s ICT ecosystem. With your firm determination and joint efforts, I expect more and more solid progress in Nigeria’s digital-led growth.

Last week, two important events to promote China-Africa cooperation took place in China. On June 25, the Coordinators’ Meeting on the Follow-up Actions of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was successful held in Bejing. On June 29, the first China-Africa Trade Expo came to a close with fruitful outcomes in Changsha, the capital city of Hunan province in central China.

China remains committed to enhancing exchanges and cooperation between competent authorities of China and Nigeria, sharing good practice in each other's ICT development, seizing the opportunity presented by the digital economy, encouraging companies to carry out cooperation in ICT infrastructure, the internet and the digital economy, and working together to narrow the digital divide and promote the building of an information society in Nigeria and China.

Twenty years ago, there were 27 thousand mobile phone owners in Nigeria. Today, that number soars to 170 million. Twenty years ago, for one minute mobile talk in Nigeria it would cost you 1 USD dollar. Today, it costs you 2 cents. Twenty years ago, Huawei began to knock the door of Nigeria. Today, Huawei grows with Nigeria as a most reliable business partner of Nigeria. We are proud of the Chinese Huawei, the Nigerian Huawei, and the global Huawei.

Thank you for your attention.

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