China's tech giant Huawei on Friday announced 10 scholarships for Tanzanian students in 2017 to support Tanzania's ICT (information and communications technology) development.
Speaking at a ceremony co-hosted by the Chinese Embassy and Huawei in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam, Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa said Huawei has been an important partner in Tanzania's ICT development, and has been continuously supporting the government in ICT innovation.
The PM commended Huawei for cultivating ICT talents for Tanzania, adding that "the government will work closely with the private sector towards ICT development."
Gou Haodong, charge d'affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Tanzania, reiterated the long lasting friendship between China and Tanzania, saying that "China and Tanzania help and support each other through thick and thin."
"The support to the education sector shown by Huawei today proved it again. We believe that Huawei, as a global ICT leader, will leverage its advanced technologies and global resources to promote the ICT industry in Tanzania," Gou added.
Zhang Yongquan, Managing Director of Huawei Tanzania, said that Huawei will continue to bring in more innovative ICT technologies to build a better connected Tanzania and cultivate more talents for Tanzania via e-education solutions.
Through its Seeds for Future program, Huawei Tanzania has put up plans to ensure that at least 100 students from Tanzania participate in the 10-year project, in which they are given an opportunity to visit Chinese capital Beijing and work in the company's headquarters in Shenzhen.
In 2016, 10 Tanzanian students benefited from the program, and two of them have been employed by Huawei.
The Chinese firm also donated 30,000 U.S. dollars for repairing schools destroyed by recent earthquake in Tanzania's Kagera region.