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Huawei, more than just phones in PNG

Huawei has provided more than just ICT services and selling of smart phones in Papua New Guinea.
One of the important parts of its business operations in the country is its investment in human resource development, by recruiting Papua New Guineans direct from universities in the country.
At the moment, their main point of recruitment is the University of Technology (Unitech).
Currently, there are nine locals employed by the company, three of whom are interns under the ICT talent project.

The Post-Courier had the chance to speak with three employees this week, two of them have just returned from Malaysia following the company’s orientation program, while one is part of Huawei’s seeds for the future program.
Huawei Technologies PNG product engineer David Joe, who is part of the company’s seeds for the future program, told this paper that before joining Huawei he was just another student from the University of Technology.
Mr Joe said, while still in school, he made his own little income by fixing and selling laptops to help sustain himself financially with the help from his parents and family.
He said he always dreamt of joining a telecommunication company and that dream led him to doing his industrial training as a trainee site engineer for six weeks with Digicel PNG in 2016.
“That made me gain a little experience of how the field operates.
“Working with Huawei Technologies, which is one of the leading global ICT firms, is an exciting experience for me as a young employee and also a challenging journey of my life,” he said.
“While working with Huawei I found out that Huawei is not just like any other company coming here to do business and creating employment, but it’s one of the unique companies that also have a greater plan and defined structure to develop ICT talent in our country to help develop our country in terms of ICT through the PNG ICT talent development program.”
He said under the ICT talent program, he was one of the four candidates to have represented PNG for the first time in global seed for the future program last year and travelled to China to meet with other ICT talents globally and learn about future technologies.
“I am currently working as a product engineer and learning at the same time here in PNG and at the Southern Pacific Regional HQ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“I want to thank and acknowledge Huawei for bringing me this far and investing a lot in me and I hope others will follow my foot step and together with the help of Huawei we can change our country for better in terms of ICT,” he said.
Mr Joe said five years from now he sees himself as someone with more influence and leadership in the company and would like to grow with this growing company.
Sales engineer Philemon Mapita in sharing the same sentiment said Huawei is not only here for business purposes but is here to build local talents and create employment.
Mr Mapita said he is grateful to be part of the latest ICT solution and information provider, working alongside different ethnicities.
He said it is also challenging working in such a huge ICT company but with the help from the company through internal trainings including on job trainings he has managed to push through this past eight months after joining Huawei in July last year.
“Huawei is a multinational company with employees from over 180 countries. The challenge is to learn their culture and adapt to them, and also how we make them to adapt to our culture and environment. Only thing to progress is to make myself available with them,” he said.
Mr Mapita said this is only the beginning and believes that with all the mentoring and training provided by Huawei, he will be able to achieve his dream as a successful sales manager in the near future.
HR general specialist Cecilia Maso Dickinsep said she is very proud to work with a leading global ICT industry and prior to becoming a Huawei employee.
She said being with the HR team and seeing how the HR team has invested and helped young people coming out of the school is a wonderful experience.
“It’s really difficult to find a job because we have more people graduating we have less, or should I say jobs are very limited, so for them to just come out and we go there and we interview and we get recruited.
“It’s like giving them on a silver or a gold plate so it’s a really good program and I see that it’s helping our young Papua New Guineans and not just that, we are building them and ICT is a challenging field and if we can build these resources up to hopefully taking this developing nation into a developed nation it would be a plus for this country so it’s a really good program,” she said.
Ms Dickinsep said in the near future she wishes to go back to school to get her HR degree on top of her social work degree.
The future plan is to work here to get more experience and I want to go back and get my HR degree but I want to do that as professional studies if I am still working,” she said.
Chief executive officer Jacky Xu (XU Qiang in Chinese Pinyin) said they are in PNG to, not only build the ICT industry in PNG, but to create a better environment for training and ensuring that there are more skilled local people in the ICT industry to bring this country forward.
...Post Courier

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