When the French-Mauritian writer Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio was asked about his favorite country, after he won the Nobel Prize for Literature, he did not hesitate to say: "Mauritius is the land of my ancestors, the most loved place in my life."
As an engineer, I am not as artistic and poetic as writers like Clezio. But in the world of ICT, I have also encountered Mauritius. While people are talking about how ICT will reshape our work and life, Mauritius is quietly turning it into reality.
Mauritius has emerged as an international and competitive ICT destination and is steadily positioning itself as a regional ICT Hub. Characterized by dynamic growth, the ICT industry is a key driver of the Mauritian economy contributing 5.6% of GDP in 2017 and employing around 24,000 people, almost 2% of its 1.3 million population.
In order to position Mauritius at the forefront of technology, the government has formulated a Digital Mauritius 2030 Strategic Plan with an emphasis on developing an innovative and sustainable public sector and at the same time establishing an enabling environment to promote the beaches-to-business evolution.
With some 800 ICT businesses, Mauritius has one of the richest technology ecosystems in Africa that thrives on innovation and collaboration across sectors. Global players including Huawei have successfully established their operations in Mauritius to be able to further expand their ability to serve global clients with high-quality, innovative solutions.
Huawei entered Mauritius in 2003 and established its Shared Service Centre three years later to provide accounting services to Huawei’s subsidiaries in more than 50 African countries. With its strategic location, long-term political stability, businessfriendly environment and bilingual and skilled workforce, Mauritius has played its role as a gateway between Asia and Africa as a hub of global trade flows and developed strong outsourcing and financial services sector, as well as an dynamic tourism industry. Mauritius is ranked first among African countries in the World Economic Forum's “Global Competitiveness Ranking” for 2017-2018, and 20th place worldwide among 190 countries in the Ease of Doing Business Rankings by the World Bank.
All the above-mentioned further strengthens our confidence in this important market with one of Africa's highest per capita incomes. At Huawei, we are grateful to be able to witness and be part of the ICT development in this country, which has the highest ICT development index in Africa. Huawei’s vision and mission is “Bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world". We have been endeavoring to fulfill this vision and mission in Mauritius. In this process, we integrate three concepts into our strategies, management and operations.
First, glocalization. Huawei Mauritius combines global resource and expertise and localized operation aiming at maximizing Mauritius’s existing advantages and ICT Margins.
In partnership with local operator, we brought the Africa’s first 3G network to Mauritius, raising the curtain of mobile broadband era in the continent. Years later we supported local operators in establishing Mauritius’s first 4G network, providing mobile services to 1.3 M population whilst stable high speed data services to more than 800,000 Mauritians; with 100% fiber coverage to households powered by our Fiber to the Home (FTTH) solution, more than 270,000 Mauritian families have been able to enjoy ultra-fast broadband service, ranking the country 8th globally in FTTH.
In Mauritius, we have been and will keep tailor-making ICT solutions by considering both local needs and the cutting-edge technologies out of our global laboratories, to not only unleash the potential of the country’s economy, but also the imagination and potential in its people.
Second, investment in people. At Huawei, we believe in innovation and we believe investing in our people is the best investment we can make. Research shows that 70 per cent of all jobs are forecast to have an ICT component by 2020. In Mauritius, we work with government, industrial partners and academics to sensitize the importance of ICT to Mauritius youth and encourage them to participate in this future-oriented sector and equip them with necessary knowledge and skills by providing sponsorship, equipment, courses and hosting events like ICT competitions. Since 2016, Huawei Mauritius has been sponsoring outstanding Mauritian students majoring in ICT related programs to go to China for study and hands-on practice. We have worked with University of Mauritius in establishing Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academies, where we provide teaching staff and students with industrially recognized training and certification to better prepare them for job market.
Third, ecosystem. Since we entered Mauritius, we have been committed to fostering a healthy and sustainable industry and business ecosystem where every player is able to share benefits and achieve growth. Our founder Mr. Ren Zhengfei, often uses a metaphor that Huawei would only take one piece of a watermelon which is cut into eight pieces. That is where our “Platform +Ecosystem” strategy comes from. Upholding the sharing philosophy, Huawei Mauritius vigorously brings new partners on board no matter how small they are. We support them with platforms with innovative, open, secure software and hardware and work with them to tailor ICT solutions that fit into specific sectors for promoting transformation at industrial level and national level. Currently we are working with more than local 70 suppliers in the country. Over the years we have created thousands of jobs directly and indirectly in Mauritius.
As a leading global ICT company, our continuous strategic investment in innovation and R&D has brought us to where we are today. Every year Huawei spends 10-15% of its total revenues in Innovation and R&D, surpassing that of Apple Intel and IBM, ranking 5th among global tech companies in 2018. Huawei’s strategic focus on innovation is aligned with Mauritius’s Digital Mauritius 2030 Strategic Plan with vision and mission to have “A highly inter-connected society with access to the knowledge required for an Innovation-driven culture”. With its three concepts of glocalization, ecosystem and investment in people; Huawei Mauritius is ready, willing and able to contribute to Digital Mauritius for a stronger and more vibrant and inclusive economy.
Mr. Liao Yong,
Managing Director of Huawei SA Region Multi-country Management Department
Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.
Huawei's end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes.
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