Huawei Technologies (Tanzania) Co. LTD today handed over 20 motorcycles to the Police Force of Tanzania as part of it’s efforts to support Community Safety Initiative (CSI).
Speaking at handover ceremony held at Oysterbay Police Station, Huawei Managing Director, Gaomengdong said today’s event is a key step toward a collective vision of integration and collaboration by supporting CSI initiative launched by the Tanzania Police Force June last year.
He said the firm decided to support CSI initiative launched by President John Pombe Magufuli, because the initiative is designed to provide much needed police interventions in four strategic areas including effective policing, service delivery, communication and stakeholder engagement as well as resources mobilization.
“This is the second time Huawei support the Tanzania Police Force. Last year it donated mobile phones and Mi-fi devices to three police stations Oysterbay, Salender Bridge and Central Police Stations to acknowledge the work done by police officers in Dar es Salaam city, he said.
Mr Gaomengdong said as a responsible company that recognised the safety of the community, the term security is not only the responsibility of the police force only. Therefore, Huawei as an investor have realized that there is a need to cooperate with police force to fight crime.
“We saw that it will be the best idea to support our security agencies by providing them with various facilities that would be useful to combat crime in the country. Each one of us is involved as it is clear that members of the police cannot do their work in isolation,” he said.
According to Mr Gaomengdong, as a high-technology company, one of the key areas Huawei focuses is localization, he said the company has a desire to nurture promising young professionals by providing internal training, transferring skills to Tanzanian employees. Huawei mission is to Grow Together with Tanzania.
“Last year the company selected 10 local students with ICT background from University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) and State University of Zanzibar (SUZA) to travel to China for a study trip to attend Huawei’s global CSR flagship program called ‘Seeds for the Future,” he said.
The program aims to close the gap between knowledge learned in the classroom and the skills required by the industry, and enhance knowledge transfer. Huawei also did a lot of contribution to the Tanzania communities especially women and children, last year the company donate food items and clothes to support orphans living at Umra Orphanage Centre in Magomeni Mikumi, Kinondoni district.
Officiating the handover ceremony on behalf of the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ernest Mangu, the Deputy Inspector General of Police Abdulrahmani Kaniki said Huawei’s decision to support the TPF was part of company’s policy to build the welfare of the society.
“The move will reinforce security in the country and Dar es Salaam in particular by ensuring that the country was free from crime-related incidents. We all know that due to the limited number of transport facilities to satisfy the need of police officers, the security agencies cannot serve the huge population of Dar es Salaam residents,” he said.
He said that the limited number of transport facilities, police posts and insufficient number of officers is a challenge that needs key players like Huawei to chip in and assist the police force. Hence, the proposed donation of 20 Motorcycles will help in scaling down crime incidents.
Kaniki said as a responsible firm, Huawei has been in Tanzania for 17 years since 2001 with a mission to Grow Together with Tanzania by empowering local Tanzanians especially in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and the company has invested a lot in supporting education and health sector, public security, and vulnerable community including children and women.
“Huawei is completely dedicated to the development of the ICT industry in Tanzania and to date Huawei has trained many professional and technical personnel for Tanzania. ICT have become crucial growth engines for many different industries. As an ICT leader, Huawei is committed to promoting ICT industry development in the countries it operates, and aims to Grow Together with Tanzania,” he added.