Chinese OEM company, Huawei, has opened its first Innovation and Experience center in West Africa in Lagos, Nigeria. It said it has invested US$6 million in the center which will provide access to global best practice.
According to the company, users of the facility will be able to exchange ideas, explore business solutions through innovation; it is also aimed developing the Nigerian ICT ecosystem. The Huawei Innovation and Experience Center occupies 500 square meters and was set up based on the concept of cloud. It allows users to access and share Huawei’s global resources.
Frank Li, the Managing Director of Huawei Nigeria, said the center is a demonstration of Huawei’s dedication to investment of industry innovation driven by both customer needs and new technologies.
“Huawei will continuously adhere to its strategic focus, investment, and the relentless pursuit of strategic breakthrough to face all challenges together with its partners,” Li said at the official opening ceremony.
According to the company, the center will be a training platform where ICT talents will be nurtured. To achieve this, the company has signed a joint Innovation Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Lagos.
In his remark, Nigeria’s communications minister, Adebayo Shittu, said government is leveraging the benefits of the digital revolution which is why it is strategically partnering with Huawei.