One of its investments, ASEAN Academy, stands to benefit 100,000 Thais with human capital skills within five years’ time; and a total of 300,000 talents across its markets.

Following its plan to invest US$100mn in start-up support, through its Spark Programme across Asia Pacific including Thailand, Huawei is helping steer the country towards digital transformation by establishing 5G infrastructures and technologies, energy efficiency hubs, and data and cloud centres.

This is an addition to the tech giant’s initiative, ASEAN Academy, a programme which has upskilled 16,500 Thais with digital skills, and a collaboration with government authorities—such as the Ministry of Commerce, the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), and the National Innovation Agency (NIA)—to help SMEs and start-ups digitise their businesses and build a digital ecosystem.

In that vein, Huawei said it aims to train a total of 100,000 Thais through human capital development programmes within five years through the ASEAN Academy.

With regard to 5G, Jay Chen, VP of Huawei Asia Pacific attributed three reasons why Thailand is of focus. First, Chen explained, is because the country already has a Digital Economy and Society Development plan in place which they can tap on to further develop digital economy growth, and achieve the visionary Thailand 4.0.

“Secondly, based on the Speedtest Global Index 2020, Thailand ranked first among 176 countries in terms of fixed broadband Internet speeds. It has now become the forerunner in 5G infrastructure construction.

“Thirdly, Thailand is one of the ASEAN leading countries to integrate 5G technologies in agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing and build digital ecosystem,” Chen added.

5G will, Chen noted, help create new economy value including new job opportunities in Thailand, as well as increase the digital economy's share of GDP.

Towards energy efficiency

Huawei has also worked with local partners to boost energy efficiency in Thailand through high-efficiency modular power units, for instance. The firm has created more than 1,000 local indirect job opportunities in Thailand.

Data and cloud centres

“For cloud, Huawei has given priority to our cloud development,” said Abel Deng, CEO, Huawei (Thailand). This is why the organisation invested 700mn baht into establishing the third data centre in Thailand this year.

With this establishment, Huawei has created more than 200 direct job opportunities for Thais, with 200 local partners.

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