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HUAWEI CLOUD ANNOUNCES A START-UP PROGRAMME TO EMPOWER REGIONAL SMES TO GO DIGITAL
Working with regional partners , Huawei Cloud launched a Start-up Programme for the Middle East , Central Asia and Africa . The initiative provides SMEs in these regions with Huawei cloud credits , technical support , talent development training and business resources to drive their growth .
The Huawei Cloud Start-up Programme was launched on the sidelines of the Huawei Cloud Summit Middle East & Africa 2023 in Dubai . Under the theme of ' Inspire Innovation with Everything-as-a-Service ', the summit brought together over 300 government leaders , cloud-native industry experts and customer representatives from the Middle East , Central Asia and Africa to explore how to make the best out of cloud and the vital role of cloud in driving digital economy growth in the region .
The programme demonstrates Huawei ' s commitment to building a regional start-up ecosystem to empower 1,000 start-ups in the region to innovate and grow on Huawei Cloud by 2025 .
The launch ceremony was attended by representatives from the UAE Ministry of Economy , Middle East incubator GEN Asia , Dinarak – Jordan ’ s licensed payment services provider , Ignite – a non-profit company owned by the Government of Pakistan and administered by the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication and Kuwait ’ s start-up representatives , Eyon TV , One Global and Empower .
Frank Dai , the President of Huawei Cloud Middle East and Central Asia , said : " SMEs are the backbone of the regional economy . However , small businesses struggle to digitise their processes , thus missing out on the immense opportunities of the digital economy . Huawei wants to empower regional entrepreneurs with the tools to succeed in the digital age by adopting cloud services ; we believe the Huawei Cloud Start-up Programme is an essential building block for growth in the modern age and by empowering more SMEs with such programmes , we can jointly cultivate a robust technology ecosystem in the region ."
The summit also provided an opportunity to explore the latest innovations in cloud-native technologies . Cloud-native has emerged as an essential driver of Digital Transformation , with Gartner predicting that 95 % of digital services will run on cloud-native platforms by 2025 . Cloud-native greatly improves productivity and imposes increasing requirements on digital capabilities .
More industries are going digital and many have entered Cloud-native 2.0 . The concept of Cloud-native 2.0 was first proposed by Huawei Cloud , and it is a new phase for an intelligent upgrade of enterprises . The move to cloud changes from ‘ On Cloud ’ to ‘ In Cloud ’, where applications and services are not only migrated to the cloud but also being built on the cloud . Together with Cloud-native Computing Foundation ( CNCF ), China Academy of Information and Communications Technology ( CAICT ) and industry experts , Huawei Cloud founded Cloud-native Elite Cloud , a global cloudnative community , to boost the cloud-native ecosystem . In the Cloud-native 2.0 era , a new cloud-native enterprise is no longer a possibility , but a reality . �
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