By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Huawei Ghana has officially presented a new state of the art library to the Minister of Communication, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, on behalf of the Ghana Library Authority. The new refurbished lending and reference library and computer laboratory, which had only one computer previously, now boasts thirty new desktop computers, new computer tables and chairs, air condition, a projector, rack, switches, routers and other LAN equipment valued at GHC 400,000.
On 7th July 2014, Huawei and Ghana Library Authority signed a memorandum of understanding where Huawei agreed to renovate the reference, lending rooms and the computer room. The renovation involved extensive painting works on the walls, metal grills, shelves and new furniture.
The Managing Director of Huawei Ghana, Mr. Russel Xu, told Biztechafrica in Accra that bridging the digital divide is a key challenge for Huawei and his outfit readiness to offer support and promote initiatives that help deliver access to communications for disadvantaged communities. ‘By connecting people and enabling information access across economic, social and geographic boundaries, we ensure that more and more people enjoy conveniences brought by communications’.
Mr. Xu explained that Huawei as an international technology brand is also convinced that education brings endless opportunities hence its unflinching commitment to educational development through its CSR projects. “As a responsible corporate citizen, we have supported four local Universities in Ghana by donating ICT laboratories and will continue to support other social responsibility projects,” he stated.
The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs Sun Boahong commended the Huawei for supporting the library authority and noted that the support was only one of the company’s social responsibility work carried out in 2014, adding that earlier this year it donated $ 500,000 to the John Evans Atta Mills Foundation.
She further mentioned that the Huawei was one of the many Chinese enterprises that had made remarkable contributions to Ghana’s economic development, social progress and the improvement of people’s lives.