On April 27, 2021, the China-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce (CHINALUX) hosted the webinar “China-Luxembourg Digitalisation” to explore what digitalisation means today for the China-Luxembourg business community. The webinar was opened by Ms. Zhujun XIE, President of CHINALUX, who welcomed the participants and opened the floor by emphasising the boost of digitalisation experienced during the Covid-19 pandemic – both in our private lives and in every possible professional sector.
The first speaker of the webinar was Mr. Taimoor Khizer Abbasi, Market Research Director of Whale Cloud, a leading software provider for telecom and cloud solutions and part of the Alibaba Group. He introduced the concept of a Super App, a mobile application that combines a host of different functions in one single platform. Two such examples for Super Apps are Alibaba Group’s Alipay and DingTalk. Whereas Alipay offers financial and payment services and acts as a ‘lifestyle enabler’ by combining options for online shopping, mobile top-up, transportation, ride-sharing services etc. in one single application, DingTalk constitutes an enterprise communication and collaboration platform. With the rise of the ‘mobile first’ working culture during the pandemic, DingTalk offers solutions for online collaborations in the fields of remote work, online education and event management.
Ms. Dorothee de Nazelle, PR Manager of Huawei Technologies Luxembourg S.A., talked about “Digitalisation for CSR & Educational Initiatives”. Huawei is not only a leading provider of ICT infrastructure and smart devices, but is also actively involved in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. With TECH4ALL, Huawei’s long-term digital inclusion initiative, the company seeks to address the so-called ‘digital gap’, i.e. the unequal access to new information communications technologies and digitalisation. With over half of the world’s population currently without access to the internet, TECH4ALL prioritises three distinct fields – technology, applications and skills. Particularly in the education domain, Huawei is active through a number of different initiatives to close the digital gap. For instance, by using technology, education can be made more accessible and efficient, while at the same time relevant skills will be learned. Education initiatives range from mobile classrooms teaching digital skills in rural areas of developing countries to helping children with vision and hearing impairments through the digitalisation of learning materials. Another important part of Huawei’s educational initiative is the ICT Academy, which offers free learning resources to foster interest among students in a career in ICT. Huawei’s flagship CSR activity “Seeds for the Future” is a global technology-focused immersion programme targeting top STEM students. This programme, which intends to ignite an interest in ICT in students, also partners with the University of Luxembourg.
As the final speaker for the day, Mr. Jonathan Lu, Sales Manager of China Mobile International (UK) Limited, introduced his company’s big connectivity strategy. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, digitalisation has received a global boom. This is also reflected in Chinese FDI towards the European Union, where 13% of Chinese investments are targeted towards the ICT sector, which is more than the financial industry. China Mobile International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Mobile, has a strong global presence, including an office in Luxembourg. The company works on a number of global connectivity initiatives, including a 5G+ strategy, mobile coverage partnerships with local providers and submarine telecommunication cables. Mr. Lu stressed that these efforts will enhance digital connectivity between Asia and Europe.
The webinar was closed with a Q&A session, moderated by Mr. Jacques Bortuzzo, Vice President of CHINALUX.
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