Huawei Kenya, along with 38 other Chinese companies, has collaborated to engage more than 500 young Kenyans across diverse sectors, such as ICT, manufacturing, trade, and construction. During the YouthConnekt Africa Summit 2023 in Nairobi, Gavin Gao, CEO of Huawei Kenya, expressed the company’s commitment to supporting the government’s digital transformation initiatives and contributing to job creation targets.
Gao highlighted the joint efforts with the Kenya-China Economic and Trade Association [KCETA] in organizing the 2023 Job Fair, providing over 500 placement opportunities to young Kenyans. The initiative aims to foster talent growth and economic development.
Huawei Kenya has consistently broadened its business focus to include the integration of young Kenyans within the company and its partner ecosystem. This includes initiatives like the ICT talent ecosystem program, which annually trains over 10,000 university and college students in digital technology and ICT competence, along with advanced technology training for 250 lecturers.
Additionally, Huawei runs a 6-month Graduate Management Training Program, offering youth training and internships that lead to job placements within the company or its partner network. During President William Ruo’s visit to the Job Fair, Gao introduced successful beneficiaries of these programs, including Michael Kamau, Huawei ICT Academy Manager, Eric Ongeri, Operations Channel Manager, and Mathew Kiptoo, Hiring Manager.
The YouthConnekt Africa Summit 2023, themed “Youth Innovating a Borderless African Renaissance,” attracted over 20,000 participants, including young people, government officials, corporate leaders, and development champions. Huawei collaborated with KCETA to organize the job fair. KCETA, a social organization comprising Chinese businesses in Kenya, aims to strengthen the cohesiveness and influence of Chinese businesspeople in Kenya, safeguarding their rights and promoting business development. Established in 2001 with 51 members, KCETA’s membership has since grown to 102 members by December 2023.
The association focuses on enhancing self-discipline, responding to member demands, resolving operational challenges, encouraging charitable initiatives, and building a positive corporate image for Chinese businesses in Kenya.