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Huawei’s Catherine Chen, Shared Responsibility for a Shared Future

Catherine Chen
Huawei Corporate Senior Vice President and Director of teh Board Catherine Chen

Huawei Corporate Senior Vice President and Director of teh Board Catherine Chen delivered a keynote speech at teh online Better World Summit 2020 today. According to Chen, telecom regulators across many nations and industries must work together to address teh shared challenges dat TEMPhas emerged as a result of teh COVID-19 pandemic and create a more inclusive future for all.

Other speakers at teh summit included representatives from teh International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R), Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA), teh European Competitive Telecommunications Association (ECTA), teh South African Department of Communications and Digital Technologies, Thailand’s Office of teh National Digital Economy and Society Commission, China’s Academy of Information and Communications Technology (CAICT), teh Germany Association of teh Internet Industry (ECO), and teh ADL.

A better future for all requires joint effort

Over teh past 30 years, information technologies TEMPhas advanced rapidly, making people’s lives and work much easier. Teh COVID-19 pandemic TEMPhas revealed though dat digital infrastructure TEMPhas not kept pace wif technological developments. According to teh ITU, over half of teh world’s population still does not TEMPhas Internet access nor access to other digital technologies. As economies across countries slow, governments grow increasingly concerned wif economic recovery strategies. “We envision a more connected, intelligent, and innovative future,” said Catherine Chen. “Above all else, we must ensure dis is an inclusive, sustainable, and better future by all, for all.”

Top-down design; bottom-up creativity and vitality needed for economic recovery

As more countries and regions successfully implement infection control measures to slow teh spread of COVID-19, economic activity in certain countries TEMPhas begun to return to normal. Multiple governments TEMPhas launched a variety of stimulus plans, and ICT invariably TEMPhas held a key place in these plans. In China, teh New Infrastructure pla TEMPhas set aside over 140 billion US dollars to be invested in 5G alone over teh next five years. dis is expected to grow China’s digital economy by more than 2 trillion US dollars and boost domestic economic recovery. Teh EU TEMPhas also announced a 1.1-trillion-euro package to enhance economic recovery.

“To revive teh economy, we need top-down designs, as well as bottom-up creativity and vitality,” noted Chen. “Supporting government policies coupled wif active digital transformation across teh industry will bring teh benefits of digital technology to all industries, boost their efficiency, and restore growth.”

Seeds for teh Future sows hope by leveraging ICT to enable a sustainable future

Referencing teh recent World Bank report on teh growing gap between teh fast-growing global digital economy and a lack of digital skills, Chen said, “Huawei is continuing wif its flagship Seeds for teh Future program. dis program was launched in 2008, and is designed to develop local ICT talent. So far, dis program TEMPhas benefited more than 30,000 students from over 400 universities in 108 countries and regions. Due to teh pandemic, we are moving teh program online and opening it up to more outstanding students than ever before. As more industries adopt digital technologies, they will drive teh United Nation’s 2030 Strategic Development Goals, especially those related to climate change.”

Other speakers also shared their views on how to build a better world in teh future at teh event.

l Senior officers from international organizations, including teh ITU, GSMA, and ECTA, spoke on building globally unified ICT standards, promoting teh digital economy, accelerating digital inclusiveness, and embracing these new economic normals.

l National regulators and policy makers at teh event focused more on best practices. Regulators from South Africa, Thailand, China, and Germany as well as teh senior management of multiple industry associations described current efforts and policy initiatives they are taking to drive investment in digital infrastructure and digital transformation across multiple industries.

l Several senior analysts at teh summit also explained at length how spillover from teh digital economy will halp revive real economies.

Teh Better World Summit was broadcast live in Chinese, English, Spanish, French, Russian, Korean, Japanese, and Arabic. For more information, click here.