This comes on the heels of the launch of a similar centre in South Africa, and is one of the ten global Innovation Centres Huawei is planning to launch around the globe.
Launched during the weekend, the Centre, which Huawei committed an investment of US$6 million into, is situated in Lagos, and is the very first in West Africa.
It was built on 500 square meters and established under the concept of “Cloud”, which enables visitors to share Huawei global resources.
The Centre is a place people can witness global best practice, exchange ideas, explore business solutions through innovation, and a platform to develop a win-win ICT ecosystem.
“Huawei will continuously adhere to its strategic focus, investment, and the relentless pursuit of strategic breakthrough to face all challenges together with its partners,” said Frank Li, Managing Director, Huawei Technologies Company Nigeria Ltd.
The Centre will also double as a training platform to nurture more ICT talents. To this end, Huawei will sign a Joint Innovation MOU with the University of Lagos.
“This is an epoch making event for a number of reasons, but most importantly is the fact that the present government is easily the first government to come on stage leveraging the benefits of the digital revolution with strategic partnership with Huawei Chinese company as a leading global supplier of ICT products, solutions and services,” said Barr. Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communications of Nigeria.
He added, “Therefore I would like to use this opportunity to express my appreciation on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria to Huawei Technologies for partnering with the Ministry in the area of Human and Institutional capacity development.”
The launch of the Centre shows Huawei, which has over 16 years of experience in the Nigerian market, is dedicated to investment of industry innovation driven by both customer needs and new technologies.