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Students from Botswana take third prize in Huawei’s Sub-Saharan Africa ICT Competition

The Botswana team of three student emerged as one of the winners in this year’s Sub Saharan regional finals of Huawei's global ICT Competition.

The competition covered latest ICT technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, mobile networks and big data. Almost 30 thousand students from over 100 universities in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Angola, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia, Botswana and Mauritius participated.  At the finals, held last week in Johannesburg, it came down to 42 students in 14 teams. They sat for theory and practical examinations at the finals at Huawei’s regional headquarters in Woodmead, Johannesburg.

Teams from Nigeria and Tanzania won the champion and the team from Botswana secured the third prize. Gontse Basupi, a 3rd year student from University of Botswana, who was representing his country in the contest said the competition has elevated his skills in terms of the ICT and networking industry.

“I gained a lot. This journey has been an eye opener. I gained the privilege to compete with industry experts from other countries and got a sense of where my skill is. I feel that the certificate I received from Huawei will give me a head start in the corporate world and open new opportunities for me. Huawei is expanding in the networking industry, especially with the introduction of Safe City Project in Botswana, which uses Huawei technology. This certification will hopefully help in the competiveness of jobs as Huawei continues to integrate in Botswana.” Said Gontse”.

In 2018, Botswana Open University established Huawei Authorized Information and Network Academy (HAINA) in order to deliver Huawei Certification courses to their students and worked with Botho University as a testing centre. The student were accompanied by their promatric testing Centre instructor Mr Mr Turugare Ranganai from Botho University.

Mr Turugare Ranganai, an instructor from Botho University said Botswana is aiming at producing youth generation that is employable locally, regionally and globally which matches Huawei’s main aim to Botswana and the Africa continent which is to develop talents with practical skills for the ICT industry and the community.

“Huawei courses focus on theoretical knowledge that is build practical lab activities which are helpful in producing a well skilled youth capable of solving problems both as a an employee or entrepreneurial youth. The certification serves students with confidence in dealing with physical network devices and also bridging the theory acquired during their bachelor studies with the practical experienced which they gain doing Huawei certification. Most of the companies are also using Huawei product hence creating employment for the certification holders.” Said Mr Turugare Ranganai.

In as much as the country is striving to equip its youth with ICT innovation, there is still a challenge in establishing infrastructure to support research and new innovation for development. Encouraging collaboration between industry and academia is very important for university students to build entrepreneurial skills and develop an innovative culture which is usable in industry.

Speaking at the final award giving presentation, Mr. Xue Man, Vice President of Huawei, said Huawei understands the value of a good talent ecosystem which is the foundation for a smart future for human society. “This ICT Competition is part of our innovative initiatives to support that and promote ICT skills. We believe that this event will inspire more students’ quest in ICT learning in Africa; it provides them with a world-class stage to showcase themselves and consolidate the vital ICT needed for Africa's development” Said Xue.

This year, Huawei will sponsor another 10 Batswana students:

ICT talents to China through its Seeds for the Future ICT talents training program. The students will be participating in various forms of ICT trainings in line with the Chinese culture lessons in their 3-week stay in Beijing and Shenzhen. The Huawei ICT Competition is a global ICT talent competition exchange event, which is aimed at the Huawei Authorized Information and Network Technology College (Huawei ICT Academy) and related universities.

Since the first Huawei ICT Contest held in 2015, the number of participants in the competition has grown exponentially and has become one of the largest ICT events in the world. The 2018/19 event has attracted more than 1,000 universities in more than 50 countries around the world under the slogan “Connection, Glory and Future”. The total number of students participating global was 80,000 students, including 28 000 students from Southern Africa.

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China’s GDP expands 3% in 2022 despite various pressures

2nd February 2023
China’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded by 3% year-on-year to 121.02 trillion yuan ($17.93 trillion) in 2022 despite being mired in various growth pressures, according to data from the National Bureau Statistics.

The annual growth rate beat a median economist forecast of 2.8% as polled by Reuters. The country’s fourth-quarter GDP growth of 2.9% also surpassed expectations for a 1.8% increase.

In 2022, the Chinese economy encountered more difficulties and challenges than was expected amid a complex domestic and international situation. However, NBS said economic growth stabilized after various measures were taken to shore up growth.

Industrial output rose 3.6% in 2022 over the previous year, while retail sales slightly shrank by 0.2% data show that fixed-asset investment increased 5.1% over 2021, with a 9.1% hike in manufacturing investment but a 10% fall in property investment.

China created 12.06 million new jobs in urban regions throughout the year, surpassing its annual target of 11 million, and officials have stressed the importance of continuing an employment-first policy in 2023.

Meanwhile, China tourism market is a step closer to robust recovery. Tourism operators are in high spirits because the market saw a good chance of a robust recovery during the Spring Festival holiday amid relaxed COVID-19 travel policies.

On January 27, the last day of the seven-day break, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism published an encouraging performance report of the tourism market. It said that domestic destinations and attractions received 308 million visits, up 23.1% year-on-year. The number is roughly 88.6% of that in 2019, they year before the pandemic hit.

According to the report, tourism-related revenue generated during the seven-day period was about 375.8 billion yuan ($55.41 billion), a year-on-year rise of 30%. The revenue was about 73% of that in 2019, the Ministry said.

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Jewellery manufacturing plant to create over 100 jobs

30th January 2023

The state of the art jewellery manufacturing plant that has been set up by international diamond and cutting company, KGK Diamonds Botswana will create over 100 jobs, of which 89 percent will be localized.

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Investors inject capital into Tsodilo Resources Company

25th January 2023

Local diamond and metal exploration company Tsodilo Resources Limited has negotiated a non-brokered private placement of 2,200, 914 units of the company at a price per unit of 0.20 US Dollars, which will provide gross proceeds to the company in the amount of C$440, 188. 20.

According to a statement from the group, proceeds from the private placement will be used for the betterment of the Xaudum iron formation project in Botswana and general corporate purposes.

The statement says every unit of the company will consist of a common share in the capital of the company and one Common Share purchase warrant of the company.

Each warrant will enable a holder to make a single purchase for the period of 24 months at an amount of $0.20. As per regularity requirements, the group indicates that the common shares and warrants will be subject to a four month plus a day hold period from date of closure.

Tsodilo is exempt from the formal valuation and minority shareholder approval requirements. This is for the reason that the fair market value of the private placement, insofar as it involves the director, is not more than 25% of the company’s market capitalization.

Tsodilo Resources Limited is an international diamond and metals exploration company engaged in the search for economic diamond and metal deposits at its Bosoto Limited and Gcwihaba Resources projects in Botswana.  The company has a 100% stake in Bosoto which holds the BK16 kimberlite project in the Orapa Kimberlite Field (OKF) in Botswana.

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