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Huawei Cloud Summit Middle East & Africa 2023

H.E. Zhang Yiming explains the significance of digital economy
H.E. Zhang Yiming explains the significance of digital economy

“Unleash Digital with Everything as a Service”, the second Huawei Cloud Summit Middle East & Africa brought government leaders, cloud native industry experts, and customer representatives together from the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa with the aim of exploring how to optimise the cloud to boost the digital economy.

H.E. Zhang Yiming, the Chinese Ambassador to UAE, gave a keynote speech on the significance of cloud computing for the digital economy saying “China is poised to partner with the UAE and countries in the Middle East and Africa in their digital cloud journey. Together, we will revitalise the industry with innovation, expand pilot projects with partnerships, and promote technical advances with young minds. We will achieve technological and industry development centered on cloud computing, and pave the way for digital transformation and enablement.”

Jacqueline Shi, President of Huawei Cloud Global Marketing and Sales Service shared updates about Huawei Cloud in the Middle East, and its belief in supporting the success of local customers and partners, as well as the companies that want to run businesses there. “We keep developing. We keep going digital. We want to share our latest technologies and proven experience in digitalization with you” said Shi.

Frank Dai, President of Huawei Cloud Middle East talked about digital transformation trends in the Middle East, and how Huawei Cloud can pave the way to digital success by providing technical innovation, expertise, and ecosystem support. Dai explained: “There is consensus that the cloud is the best way to accelerate digitalization. Our role is to help enterprises join, use and manage the cloud better so we can deal with challenges such as data security, ROI optimization, and new technology application.”

Huawei Cloud is committed to building a global startup ecosystem to empower 1,000 local startups to innovate and grow on Huawei Cloud over the next three years. Through three key initiatives — innovative cloud platform, entrepreneurship enablement, and business resources — Huawei Cloud will provide lifecycle support for startups in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa. In order to cultivate local talent and support high potential startups, Huawei Cloud launched the “Huawei Cloud Startup Program 2023” covering the Middle East, Central Asia, and Africa. The launch ceremony was attended by representatives from the UAE Ministry of Economy, Dinarak (a licensed payment services provider from Jordan), Ignite (a VC firm from Pakistan), and Eyon TV (startup representative from Kuwait).

Huawei Cloud is poised to become part of the growth engine for the local economy. Huawei Cloud launched in the UAE in 2021, providing a seamless cloud experience to local users. At Feburary this year, Huawei Cloud has made an announcement for an investment commitment of $400 million USD for the next 5 years to build a cloud in Saudi Arabia, extending high quality and secure cloud services to local customers to help them stay competitive.

Huawei Cloud aims to build a cloud foundation for an intelligent world leveraging the concept of “Everything as a Service”. Looking ahead, Huawei Cloud will continue to expand its global cloud infrastructure and provide customers, partners, and developers with stable, secure, and sustainable cloud services.

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