Mobile World Congress 2021 – Catherine Chen: “We have to unleash the power of technology and drive sustainable development.”

The Connected for Shared Prosperity Forum was held at the Jumeirah Himalayas Hotel in Shanghai, organized by Huawei, the Global Mobile Association (GSMA), the Center for Environmental Economics at Fudan University and The Paper. Participants represented organizations from around the world, including government officials, international regulators and think tanks from China, Malaysia, Spain, Thailand, Hungary and Portugal. They came together online and in person to discuss the value of digital technologies for the sustainable development of a better and connected world.

Catherine Chen, senior vice president and board member at Huawei, gave a speech at the Connected for Shared Prosperity Forum, titled “Believing in the Power of Technology,” describing how technology can be used to drive human progress.

Appealing to individuals and businesses to think big and act small, Chen reiterated his support for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and building a green, innovative and inclusive world.

As Chen reflected on the current global panorama of COVID-19, he emphasized in his speech: “The conflicting feelings about 2020 are widespread, especially given the enormous changes that the pandemic has caused in our lives. Many things that we considered safe have ceased to exist and our values ​​have changed ”. “My biggest lesson from last year was how difficult it is for society to reach consensus,” said the senior vice president and board member of Huawei, adding, “There seems to have been constant conflict and disagreement since the decision was made whether blockades should be imposed until it is discussed whether it is worth wearing a mask. “

At the meeting, which was attended by thousands of guests to discuss the United Nations’ 17 SDGs, Catherine Chen challenged society as a whole and stressed that technology “is critical to achieving these goals”. together: “We must strive to achieve two goals in order to fully unleash the power of technology and promote sustainable development.”

In other words, according to the Huawei official, “our first challenge will be to reach an honest consensus on whether technology is actually a motor for human progress and the second will be to take decisive and concrete action that is really effective Making technology to create value for everyone ”.

And precisely because she sees these challenges as determinants of more sustainable progress in the world at all levels, Catherine Chen did not fail to issue a warning by mentioning that “throughout history we have seen great social changes in sync with the Advances in the world have taken place in science and technology “. He said, however,” Technological progress today is promoted and politicized, sometimes demonized, which has led to many, out of fear and distrust, no longer believing in the power of technology, especially because some want to hinder technological development. “

The problem of 5G technology is indeed paradigmatic for the senior vice president and board member of Huawei. Chen stressed that he had recently read a report that said any major China-dominated digital platform would be extremely dangerous for the US if not effectively contained, and that 5G was one of those platforms. However, he emphasized: “5G is a standardized technology that is characterized by high bandwidth, low latency and broad connectivity, thus helping to transform traditional industries from which everyone will benefit.”

With that in mind, he added: “The large-scale deployment of 5G is already evident in several sectors around the world. Daily consumers benefit from the experience with this technology, while industrial use in ports, mines and in the transport sector increases operational efficiency.

We need to reach global consensus on this issue and believe in the power of technology to harness it for the benefit of society. “

Regarding the second challenge that global society must face, namely to take decisive action quickly to make technology truly effective and create value for everyone, Catherine Chen guarantees that Huawei “has always supported technological advancement”, essentially because the company ultimately believes that “technology benefits mankind”. And he gave a simple example, but no less important: “For companies, belief in technology can take something small as a starting point. Let’s take a look at the concept of the Minimum Viable Product (MVP). Typically, MVP refers to the stage of product development where what + is being developed meets the most critical needs of the user and consumes fewer resources.

In short, this MVP can then be continuously developed after its launch. It is difficult to achieve broad consensus so we can build on this MVP concept to continue technological advancement. “