Huawei is set to invest Sh16 billion ($150 million) in digital talent development among the youth in the next five years.  

The initiative known as Seeds for the Future targets three million youths including college students across the world.

The beneficiaries will be trained by global ICT experts on the latest technology to develop skills and mindsets needed to be competitive in the workplaces of the future.

“Today we are announcing Huawei’s Seeds for the Future Program 2.0. As part of our commitment to continuously developing talent, we will invest $150 million in this program over the next five years,” said Huawei’s Chairman Liang Hua.

Huawei introduced the programme to Africa in 2014 benefiting nearly 2,000 students in more than 25 African countries over the period.

ICT Cabinet secretary Joe Mucheru commended Huawei’s role in boosting Kenya’s digital economy.

“This is a good example of Huawei’s continued contribution towards growing Kenya’s digital economy,” he noted.

Kenya rolled out its digital skills training programme dubbed Ajira Initiative three years ago targeting the creation of jobs for over 1 million young people.

The State-backed project was slowed down by cash woes, attaining only 18 percent of its target, after the State reallocated its budget to other projects.

Data by the ICT ministry shows that only 55,766 youth were trained in three years through June 2020 out of the 310,000 that were targeted, a performance rate of 17.99 percent.

“I thank partners such as Huawei who are helping us with Ajira and are supporting us with other programs such as Seeds for the Future. This program is exactly what we need and I really appreciate Huawei for developing an excellent curriculum,” said Mr Mucheru.