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Business News of Friday, 15 February 2019

Source: GNA

Ghana at Huawei ICT competition in South Africa unveiled

Last year, three students from the KNUST emerged as top best three students from Africa Last year, three students from the KNUST emerged as top best three students from Africa

Management of Huawei Technologies, Ghana has unveiled a three-member team to represent Ghana at the Huawei ICT Regional Competition 2018/2019 in South Africa in March.

The team includes Joshua Ofori Boateng; Level 400 Telecom Engineering Student, Gerald Philip Bassah, Level 400 Computer Engineering Student and Timothy Seffah-Duodo also a Level 400 Computer Engineering Student all from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

The squad also has with them Dr. Kwasi Opare, a Senior Lecturer of College of Engineering, KNUST as their instructor.

Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, the Minister of Communication speaking at the Huawei ICT Competition 2018/ 2019 Ghana Awards Ghana congratulated the team and expressed the hope that they would make the country proud.

The Competition was on the theme: “Connection, Glory and Future.”

The Huawei ICT Competition is a global event for Universities and colleges students with ICT background, which is carried out at the National, Regional and Global levels.

Last year, three students from the KNUST emerged as top best three students from Africa in the global Huawei ICT Competition.

She said government was putting in place the right robust digital infrastructure to drive the digital agenda, which all the applications and services would be implemented.

She said as a country there was the need to have the digital skills to manage the structures, services and applications to move into the digital economy.

The Minister said the Ministry of Communications was working assiduously to narrow the digital divide and with collaboration with Huawei they have been able to develop innovative solutions used across the technological world.

She encouraged the youth to think of ICT and its access to digital connectivity as a utility.

She said skills trying was also key and that was why the Ministry welcomed the Huawei Competition to unearth talents in the various Universities to encourage the youth to thrive in the sector.

Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful called on the young people, who have an attitude to take up the opportunity being created by Huawei to also acquire the skills that would enable them to strive for excellence in the sector.

Mr. Tommy Zhou, the Chief Executive Officer of Huawei Technologies, Ghana said the Competition was aimed at driving the development of high-quality ICT talents for industry and for digital transformation.

He said this year, Ghana was given more slots in the Competition after three Ghanaian students from KNUST excelled as the best three from Africa to represent the country and the continent in China in the 2017/2018 edition.

He said the Competition connects students from around the country and the world to the new knowledge they need for the future.

The CEO said Ghana attaches importance to the development of ICT, adding that it was in line with this that the country through several positive efforts of the government was going digital and that Huawei was happy to be its strategic partner in ICT.

Huawei rewarded 12 students and three instructors at the Award Gala.

The Honorary University Awards went to Dr. Joseph Arthur of the Ghana Telcom University College (GTUC) and Mr. Sylvester Hatsu of the Accra Technical University (ATU).

The Best Female students were Benedicta Fofo Doku of KNUST and Anasthasia Blay of ATU.

The Best Male Students Awards went to Joel Minnow of GTUC and Valentine Teye Borkor of ATU.

Mr. Jordan Owusu Agyemang of KNUST and Mr. Kwasi Adu-Boahen Opare took the Award for excellent tutors, while the Award for the Best Academy went to KNUST and ATU.

The first prize Award went to Timothy Seffah-Duodo, while Joshua Ofori Boateng, Gerald Philip Bassah came second.

The third-place winners were Michael Acheampong and Dickson Osei Asante.