Adoption of 5G technology will significantly enhance Kenya’s efforts to eradicate poverty, inequality, hunger, climate change and social injustices , says Huawei senior vice president (VP) and board member Catherine Chen.
Ms Chen said faster societal developments are possible through science and technology.
“Large social changes tend to happen in lockstep with breakthroughs in science and technology,” the VP said.
She however lamented that “today, technological advancements are hyped and politicised – as has sometimes been the case with 5G.
Kenya is a signatory of the United Nations sustainable development goals (S888DGs) whose goal is to eradicate all forms of challenges facing the world by 2030. However, it faces a set of challenges such as low bandwidth connectivity, nepotism and deforestation.
Ms Chen said Huawei is keen on supporting SDGs and building a “green, innovative and inclusive world”.
MS Chen noted that it is crucial that people reach agreement around technology, which hold significant potential for the realisation of development goals.
Huawei is at the forefront in UN’s SDGs through deployment of digital solutions to empower people and meet especially the goals of innovation, reduced inequality and quality education.
In Kenya, for instance, Huawei’s Digitruck, which is a mobile, solar-powered classrooms, offer digital skills to remote and underserved communities through free classes, resources, and materials
Each Digitruck is equipped with 20 laptops, 20 virtual reality (VR) headsets, and in-built Wi-Fi.