Les résolutions adoptées par la 21ème réunion ordinaire des chefs d’État des États de l’Afrique de l’Est (CAE) incluaient l’adoption du français comme langue officielle de la CAE après l’anglais et le swahili.
La réunion était présidée par le président Paul Kagame du Rwanda avec la participation des chefs d’État de la région, dont le président du Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, le président du Burundi, Evariste Ndayishimiye, le président ougandais Yoweli Kaguta Museveni, Salva Kiir du Soudan du Sud, des représentants de la Tanzanie, de la Somalie et de la République démocratique du Congo en tant que pays souhaitant devenir membre.
Le fait que la langue française ait été ajoutée aux langues utilisées dans la région signifie que c’est une opportunité pour la population de cette communauté car elle réduira les barrières linguistiques dans le commerce étant donné qu’un grand nombre de résidents de la Communauté d’Afrique de l’Est en plus des langues maternelles, le français aussi est largement utilisées.
Cela signifie également élargir la coopération avec les pays européens car la CAE a déjà des accords commerciaux avec ces pays qui utilisent le français.
En 2018, le président Kagame du Rwanda avait confirmé que la langue française est importante dans la région car elle est utilisée par la population, même si l’anglais est la langue la plus utilisée dans le commerce transfrontalier.
S’adressant à TV5 Monde, le président Kagame a déclaré que trois langues sont largement parlées au Rwanda: le kinyarwanda, l’anglais et le français.
“Il s’agit d’être visionnaire dans les activités dans lesquelles nous sommes impliqués. Ce que nous avons fait, c’est d’ajouter l’anglais au français, en fait, il ya certaines écoles du Rwanda qui enseignent le chinois et l’allemand.”
Le Président rwandais a poursuivi en disant que le Rwanda est membre de la Communauté de l’Afrique de l’Est, où presque tous les pays parlent anglais et les Rwandais travaillent avec eux dans divers secteurs.
Il a déclaré que le Rwanda n’avait pas besoin d’abandonner le français et ne l’a jamais fait, tous ceux qui disent que ce n’est pas vrai.
«Ceux qui nous accusent de cela ont tort […] ce que je peux vous dire, c’est qu’au Rwanda, nous avons une langue commune, le kinyarwanda, et nos gens apprennent, enseignent et parlent le français et l’anglais.”
Le 11 octobre 2018, la Rwandaise Louise Mushikiwabo, ancienne ministre des Affaires étrangères du Rwanda, a été élue secrétaire générale de l ‘Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF)
L’approbation par la CAE de l’utilisation de la langue est également considérée comme une victoire de la langue française.
Outre le fait que le Rwanda, le Burundi et la RDC utilisent le français de manière générale, cela n’empêche pas l’utilisation de la langue par les populations de l’Ouganda, de la Tanzanie, du Kenya, de la Somalie et du Soudan du Sud.
L’Association des Anciens élèves des Lycées Français du Monde (Union-ALFM) organise son 2ème Forum Professionnel, les 12 et 13 mars 2021.
C’est un événement destiné à rassembler les Alumni de l’Enseignement Français à l’Etranger (EFE) et à les mettre en réseau avec le monde de l’entreprise.
Après le succès de la première édition parisienne, le Forum professionnel 2021 sera 100% digital, ouvert aux Alumni des 5 continents et diffusé sur un site dédié.
Cet événement s’adresse aux 600 000 anciens élèves estimés à travers le monde. L’Union-ALFM réunit déjà sur sa plateforme plus de 8 000 inscrits, de 132 nationalités, dont 71% sont âgés de 18 à 30 ans.
Ces anciens élèves, tous francophones, pour la plupart polyglottes (67% parlent au moins 3 langues) et riches d’une expérience internationale, constituent une ressource précieuse pour les entreprises.
“ Si je devais résumer les trois qualités de nos anciens élèves, je dirais adaptabilité parce qu’ils ont eu l’habitude de s’adapter aux différents pays dans lesquels ils ont vécu. Multiculturalisme parce qu’ils sont tous francophones mais pas tous français et plurilinguisme parce qu’il n’est pas rare que nos anciens élèves parlent deux, trois, voire quatre ou cinq langues. ” explique Dominique Tchimbakala, Présidente de l’Union-ALFM
Des rencontres professionnelles en ligne avec une vingtaine d’entreprises pour les Alumni des lycées français à l’étranger
Au cours d’ateliers en visioconférence (1h), les participants échangeront avec les entreprises présentes sur leurs secteurs d’activité, leurs marchés et leurs projets. Ils pourront bénéficier de retours d’expériences et éventuellement décrocher un emploi. Start-ups, PME, grands groupes et diverses organisations participeront à ces ateliers.
Pour la premiere fois cette année, deux entreprises rwandaises, MunyaxEco www.munyaxeco.com et Hooza Media www.hooza.rw participeront à ce forum virtuel
« Covid-19, comment sortir de la crise ? » : 4 émissions-débat
Entrepreneurs, experts et anciens élèves feront part de leurs expériences et apporteront leurs pistes de solutions sur les sujets suivants :
Doper son employabilité en temps de Covid-19
Les atouts des francophones dans le monde des affaires
Covid-19, quelles opportunités pour l’emploi ?
Après la pandémie, quels nouveaux usages et organisation du travail ?
Au total 16 panélistes seront présents dont : Didier Acouetey, CEO du cabinet de recrutement AfricSearch, Hélène Baillon (Business France), Henri Monceau, Directeur de la Francophonie économique et numérique à l’OIF (Organisation internationale de la Francophonie), Georgina Siaba, Ancienne élève, chargée d’études à la KOTRA (Séoul), Pedro Novo, Directeur Exécutif en charge de l’export à la Bpi (Banque Publique d’Investissement), Marion Toison Flichy, Conseillère en Environnements de Travail (Haworth).
L’événement est ouvert aux anciens élèves et aux invités qui pourront s’inscrire et suivre les conférences en ligne.
Le Forum professionnel de l’Union-ALFM est organisé avec le soutien de L’AEFE (Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger) et de TV5MONDE.
Ils nous ont fait confiance en 2019:
« Les anciens élèves des lycées français sont plus facilement adaptables. Ils sauront toujours comment rebondir devant une situation complexe. En participant au Forum, nous venons chercher des talents qu’il est difficile de trouver ailleurs. » NIKA DA SILVA ALVES, Responsable du Capital Humain chez BGFIBank Europe
« Il n’existe pas de recherche LinkedIn pour identifier ces Alumni et pourtant ils ont une véritable valeur ajoutée. Les associations d’anciens élèves permettent de trouver ces talents qui ne sont pas forcément visibles sur les réseaux sociaux. » CÉDRIC FILET, Fondateur d’Aldelia – Cabinet de recrutement international
« Chez Eutelmed, comme nous travaillons avec des populations d’expatriés, nous venons chercher des personnes qui savent ce que vivre dans un autre pays signifie. Ce sont pour nous des ressources précieuses disposant d’un large réseau international. » ÉMILIE THOMAS, Responsable communication d’Eutelmed (Télémédecine)
Contacts presse :
Marine Durand, Coordinatrice de projets Union-ALFM
Jérémie Blin visite le chantier de construction de l’Institut Français au Rwanda ce mercredi 24 février 2021..
Le Chargé d’Affaires de l’Ambassade de France au Rwanda, Jérémie Blin, a visité le chantier de construction et s’est dit satisfait de l’avancement des travaux de construction.
Le chantier de ce centre culturel se situe près du Kigali Convention Centre.
Comme l’annonce l’ambassade de France au Rwanda via son twitter: «Les travaux de construction progressent bien.”
Ils ajoutent que les activités culturelles et linguistiques démarrent très prochainement.
Le centre comprendra deux bâtiments, l’un composé du Bureau de la langue et de la culture et l’autre sera un lieu d’exposition culturelle, de conférence et une médiathèque.
En mars 2020, à l’occasion du 50e anniversaire des pays francophones [La Francophonie], Jérémie Blin a déclaré que les travaux de construction devaient être achevés d’ici 2020, qui a ensuite été tourmentée par la crise sanitaire due au COVID-19.
Le Rwanda est membre de la Francophonie depuis 1970.
Bien avant il y avait un centre culturel français, le Centre D’Echanges Culturels Franco-Rwandais, qui était situé à côté d’un grand rond-point de la ville de Kigali, mais il a été démoli en 2014 par la municipalité de la Kigali après avoir réalisé que le terrain sur lequel il était situé n’était pas utilisé correctement selon les règles du plan directeur de la ville.
La fermeture et la démolition du bâtiment est un acte que certains ont lié à une relation tendue entre le Rwanda et la France.
La visite de Jérémie Blin intervient alors que le Rwanda se prépare à accueillir le président français Emmanuel Macron, qui doit se rendre au Rwanda dans les prochains mois, une période pendant lequel le Rwanda commémore le génocide contre les Tutsi.
Une source diplomatique au ministère français des Affaires étrangères a déclaré que la visite de Macron au Rwanda comprendra une visite à l’Institut français de Kigali.
Ericsson’s commercial 5G leadership and technology evolution is independently known industry-wide
Ericsson positioned highest for ‘Ability to Execute’ in the Gartner Magic Quadrant
End-to-end 5G platform central to customer-focused 5G strategy
Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) has been named a Leader in the 2021 Magic Quadrant for 5G Network Infrastructure for Communications Service Providers by independent IT research and advisory company, Gartner.
Ericsson’s Leaders quadrant recognition in the February 2021 Gartner Magic Quadrant for 5G Network Infrastructure for Communications Service Providers (CSPs) report recognizes the company’s Leader position in both completeness of vision and ability to execute.
Vendors offering 5G solutions for communications service providers were comprehensively and independently assessed and evaluated by Gartner experts on their completeness of vision and ability to execute, to provide a market snapshot on 5G infrastructure abilities.
End-to-end 5G network infrastructure vendors were evaluated on how they enable IT provider performance to be competitive, efficient and effective and to positively impact revenue, retention and reputation within Gartner’s view of the market. The assessment of ability to execute included Ericsson’s products and services, Market Responsiveness and Track Record, Marketing Execution, Customer Experience, and Overall Viability.
Graphic: 2021 Magic Quadrant for 5G Network Infrastructure for Communications Service Providers report
Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Networks, Ericsson, says: “From research to rollout, we have invested heavily in 5G to ensure we have the best products, skills and field personnel to meet our customers’ needs. We believe that recognition as a Leader in the Magic Quadrant from Gartner reflects our technology leadership, market competitiveness, determination to innovate and commitment to our customers.”
Ericsson, as an industry leader in 5G networks, currently has more than 130 commercial 5G agreements with unique communications service providers (CSPs) and powers 79 live 5G networks across the globe.
Ericsson continuously evolves its end-to-end 5G offerings, which include Ericsson Radio System, 5G Core, Orchestration and 5G Transport as well as professional services. The company has introduced innovative software solutions such as Ericsson Spectrum Sharing, 5G carrier aggregation and Uplink Booster, which significantly improve coverage, user throughput and spectral efficiency.
These solutions support service providers in deploying and evolving 5G to ensure the best end-user experience. In addition, Ericsson Radio System products delivered since 2015 can support 5G New Radio (NR) capability through remote software installation.
Ericsson Digital Services offers a dual-mode 5G Core solution for smarter networks to drive smarter business, allowing communications service providers to offer a multitude of new business opportunities for mobile users and industries.
Ericsson’s 5G Core solution combines an Evolved Packet Core and 5G Core network functions into a common cloud-native platform that supports 5G NR Standalone and Non-standalone, plus 4G, 3G and 2G.
Speaking to virtual attendees of the 2021 GTI Summit, Ericsson President and CEO, Börje Ekholm, spoke about the importance of wireless connectivity in today’s world, the rollout of 5G in China, and Ericsson’s ongoing role in sustainability.
During a virtual address to the GTI Summit, Ekholm emphasized the critical importance of wireless connectivity in today’s world, which has been underscored by the hardships and increased demand caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
He continued by discussing the substantial increase in digital infrastructure investments made by many governments around the world, spurred by the looming need for post-pandemic economic recovery, and noted that 4G has been an essential connectivity provider.
“We believe a similar dynamic will play out for the first movers in 5G, especially in the enterprise domain,” he added, stating that 5G is poised to become the main choice for access technology, enabling industries to “become digitalized in the same way 4G did for consumers.”
“Countries that lead in the digital world will reap clear competitive advantages,” he said. “Those that fail to do so will inevitably lose competitiveness.”
Commitment to 5G rollout in China
Ekholm highlighted that China, currently retaining the majority of the world’s 5G users, will be a key driver in “critical future requirements and new feature developments in 5G.”
He emphasized Ericsson’s support of open markets and the importance of industry-wide cooperation to further economic growth, acknowledging that the global effort to drive innovation and meet growing demands is supported by hundreds of companies, with China standing out as a leader in 5G investments and deployment. Ekholm affirmed that Ericsson remains committed to maintaining its business activities in China.
“Competition and cooperation together are how the telecom industry grew into one of the largest in the world,” he said. “On the flip side, anything that restricts competition runs the risk of slowing down the industry. Market outcomes should be decided by technical performance and the competitiveness of different solutions and network architectures.”
Future trends and 5G progress
Ericsson has identified network slicing as a key enabler for service providers in addressing 5G’s enterprise potential, prompting the company to launch its recent 5G RAN Slicing solution to support “customized business models and the growing demands of use cases in areas including private networks, mission-critical communications, and critical IoT.”
Ekholm went on to emphasize the company’s commitment to its innovation and industry leadership in 5G core solutions, highlighting China Mobile’s Open UPF initiative, where both companies have been working together and supporting China Mobile’s edge and enterprise offerings.
He also made reference to Ericsson’s smart factory in Nanjing, China, now officially commercialized, where it has been “empowering smart manufacturing with the 5G private network that we jointly deployed with China Mobile.” 5G network coverage is expected to cover the entire factory area (more than 20,000sq m) later this year, and the number of use cases being tested and developed there is set to be increased.
Ericsson’s sustainability efforts
Sustainability remains among Ericsson’s chief priorities for 2021, with the ICT industry overall having the potential to make substantial positive impacts on environmental and climate issues.
Ekholm remarked that beyond the ethical and ecological importance of reducing the company’s carbon footprint and overall energy consumption (for example), it is also a business imperative.
Published last year, Ericsson’s Breaking the energy curve report highlights “a unique network-level approach … [to enabling] exponential growth [in] data traffic without increasing energy consumption,” which would result in significant energy savings and reduced total cost of ownership while paving the way for a more sustainable future.
Today, Ericsson is a key member in a number of active sustainability initiatives, including the 1.5°C Supply Chain Leaders, where it provides support and guidance as a founding member to help unite major multinational organizations in the global fight against climate change.
Looking forward to a brighter future
Overall, Ekholm expressed a sense of optimism regarding the future. “As hard as 2020 has been, I’m excited by the future,” Ekholm concludes. “The pace of innovation has never been higher than it is now.… I’m confident that we can build a new connected future with 5G.”
Most of the artists tend to have good artworks like songs, poems, videos but find themselves having difficulties in terms of promoting or publishing them. Similar issues are common among artists around the world and especially in the East African region, in countries such as Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya and even Tanzania where some artists are still facing such hindrances to their music career.
The recent history of the development of the music industry in the East African region clearly shows the rise of music but also shows that many of the local musicians are additionally facing challenges like mainly lack of access to education (music schools), professional managers, publishing houses, record labels and media space.
However, for EAC, progress has been tremendous with the Bongo Flava movement, bringing talents on the digital platforms and creating wealth, business initiatives (festivals, media channels, talent contests…).
But again, as time went on the industry’s popular figures also changed constantly.
Kayiranga Justin, a journalist and fan of gospel songs in his analysis found that in the East African Region many artists make songs but when the time comes, they leave.
“The music in this region is changing constantly. You find that today we have this one special on the market and when you wake up you hear that the popular one has shifted to politics or other businesses’’ Kayiranga observed.
“You would also find some going into the music but with a different sense of faith to work with extraordinary power or magic power. This is also part of the industry here.” He added
Mr. Justin KAYIRANGA goes on to say that this is in addition to the lack of financial means as one of the reasons why the music in the region is constantly not stable.
In a short interview with an experienced journalist in showbiz, Abdu Bronze, on the other hand, points out the challenges to the development of artists in the region citing an example of Rwandan artists who make their songs but not as effective as those of Nasibu Abdul Juma, popularly known by his stage name Diamond Platnumz, and often referred to as “Simba” or “The King of Bongo-Flava”
“Our local artists for sure needs some professionals to help them either in marketing and professionalism or music mentorship programs for the upcoming musicians” He said
Abdu Bronze noted that perhaps there are a few who have reached the level of writing songs and writing for others. But they are also limited to the local level.
“Of course, this is where the music experts first show up. There some who are able to land music partnerships with the famous brands and their music can reach far and when you hear them, they have a good melody but it is because of the mentorship and other partnerships agreements.” He added
How Sony Music Publishing sets to help regional artists?
Apart from the fact that the artist’s work would be of good quality to reach more audience, it also requires having a real way to publish it, sell it and have a well-known address where fans can access them.
When you follow up, many of the artists find it difficult to find a way to help them get to the bottom of their talents. So here it is clear that there is a need for a real way to deliver art to fans who are from all over the world.
Companies like Sony Music Publishing in Africa continue to make a positive impact in the entertainment industry, not just in East Africa but across the continent.
Last year when Sony Music Entertainment Africa (rebranded Sony Music Publishing) appointed Christine Mosha, known as “Seven,” to lead Marketing and Artist Development for the East Africa region, Mosha revealed that she will build out the company’s roster of local talent and amplify its international repertoire and existing catalogue across the region from her base in Tanzania.
Of course, the company’s main role is publishing work from various artists and actively bringing them available to the world of Entertainment which is the main component in the development of the music and that also plays a crucial role in benefiting the artists by creating popularity and making revenues.
Since its inception, Sony Music Publishing has supported the careers of songwriters and continues to defend their rights.
In order to help East African talents, Sony Music Publishing has continuously kept an eye on developing talents while at the same time put in place the management staff that are ready to help the region’s Artists.
In June 2020, Sony/ATV Music Publishing South Africa announced it has named Munyaradzi Chanetsa (Munya) A&R Manager, Africa, the company clearly wanted Munyaradzi to bring in his expertise for this industry where East African Artists will continue to benefit if they have the good management.
In this role, Munyaradzi is responsible for finding new talent throughout the continent, promoting songwriters’ copyright and careers, and connecting them to larger opportunities around the world.
He is also work closely with colleagues to pitch new and existing repertoire into the marketplace. Grabbing these opportunities for regional artists is an added value to their long-term goals in music career.
By ÅsaTamsons, Head of Business Area Technologies & New Businesses, Ericsson
Find out what IoT trends we will see more of in 2021. Among the IoT predictions ranging from digital healthcare, remote learning, connected manufacturing, and micro-mobility to sustainability, the common denominator is the overall accelerated adoption of wireless technologies.
With 2020, the world will never be the same. Nevertheless, I am eager to kick-start an exciting new year. If 2020 was the year to mitigate and manage the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 is the year when “the new normal” becomes a cliché. What is evident is that the pandemic has disrupted daily routines and accelerated the adoption of new technologies, enabling us to work remotely, study from home, and maintain social distance. Many of those trends will continue into 2021, and there are strong implications for the Internet of Things (IoT).
IoT and connectivity have certainly helped keep us closer on a personal level while we’ve all been physically apart. The pandemic has nudged businesses to push forward with IoT adoption perhaps faster than they would have liked. To unleash the full value of IoT, secure, wireless connectivity is required.
Here are my IoT predictions for 2021:
Transition to digital healthcare increases and pop up locations for testing and vaccines become more accessible – and pave the way for a new standard for health care services
Remote teaching and learning open the doors to new digital experiences and shared resources – but also help democratize the access to knowledge
Manufacturers and logistics become even smarter, and digital twins offer performance optimization and savings – with growing adoption and broader application
Micro-mobility solutions transform our mode of transportation in urban environments
The pandemic may have overshadowed sustainability, but it is the top challenge we have to jointly tackle – becoming the new standard for winning innovation and business
The upsurge in digital healthcarefor patients and caregivers
5G and IoT have enabled the possibility for remote or robot-led surgeries. Still, the COVID-19 pandemic has given new urgency to the need to limit contact between doctors and patients.
Those techniques have recently gone from theory to reality. In October 2020, two nine-month-old conjoined twins were successfully separated by doctors at UC Davis’s Children’s Hospital. The two young girls were joined at the head, creating a problem for surgeons because of the complicated network of blood vessels in the head. To map it all out, the doctors used Magic Leap’s mixed reality goggles to plot out what would need to be detangled before setting foot in the operating room – lowering the risk and increasing the chances for a successful surgery.
Not all the IoT’s impact on healthcare will be in the surgical theater. Better monitoring technology like wearables to track body temperature and heart rate can help people do more at home, reduce the need for doctor visits, and save costs. With the help of connected sensors, regional hospitals can track assets such as hospital beds, ventilators, lifesaving machines and decrease spending time on locating equipment. With 5G and consistent high-speed connectivity, high-quality video virtual check-ups can deliver quality and at scale.
Pop up COVID-19 test and vaccine locations will also be a focal point for 2021. Offering rapid response solutions with secure wireless connectivity will allow emergency and medical professionals to focus on patients and provide services and tools in new and unexpected venues.
Remote learning – it can’t be all virtual but can open new doors
Education is one of the sectors most disrupted during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are some things about the in-person educational experience that are difficult to replicate with even the best remote technology. Education’s social aspect is not fully transmitted through a screen, but teachers have been nimble and creative. Educators have adopted new tools at first out of necessity and a need to engage remote students. But there’s no reason these trends can’t continue even as the pandemic fades. 5G and IoT technologies can help enable new experiences, like virtual field trips. A virtual tour of a museum won’t be the same as visiting in person, but it can be more engaging and memorable than reading about it in a book.
IoT can help bridge the digital divide by effectively sharing resources and teachers. In rural areas, students can potentially learn from a calculus teacher from another school. Better IoT applications will make it easier for teachers to virtually “visit” the classroom and interact with students. We will see an increase in digital and virtual teaching and learning methods.
Smarter manufacturing and supply chains
Rethinking and updating manufacturing, operations, and supply chains will be accelerated even more during 2021. A need to manufacture and produce locally has been driving advances in logistics efficiency. The pandemic has led to the proliferation of smart devices in manufacturing environments. This will continue, even as the virus comes under control as vaccines are distributed. Businesses realize that by incorporating IoT applications into the factory floor, the business and economic benefits quickly materialize. For example, infrared cameras on a production line could replace inspectors, freeing up staff for other duties. A robotic crawler in the heating, ventilation, and air condition system can monitor conditions in a way that’s impossible for a human.
2021 will be the year of digital twins and 5G. Twinning is when you collect data on a process or machinery to create a predictive model, a digital “twin,” that allows better tracking of wear and tear and maintenance needs. At the end of the day, these operational efficiencies save costs.
One company taking full advantage of what digital twins and XR offers is Taylor Construction in Australia. With 5G, the construction workers, architects, and production teams have secure high-speed connectivity and low latency to apply holographic building visualization, 360-degree safety scanning, smart sensors on structures, and onsite real-time digital design blueprints.
Tracking micro-mobility is changing the way we move in cities
As most of us are working from home, our mobility is limited to the proximity of our local community. With changing patterns in using cars and public transportation, other modes of transportation, including electric scooters or electric bikes, become more prevalent. With e-scooter sharing schemes available in more than 100 cities, across at least 20 countries, from Chile to South Korea to New Zealand, they all have to be connected. IoT is the foundation for connecting and coordinating these scooters and provides connectivity for micro-mobility companies to provide these services.
Sustainability carries into 2021
In 2020, sustainability was overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, it is a prerequisite for our future. Digital technologies play a pivotal role in helping the global community reduce greenhouse emissions and could enable one third of the 50% global emission reduction needed by 2030, as highlighted in the latest Exponential Roadmap report. As a technology leader, Ericsson has played an active role in setting a precedent and has reduced its emissions by 50%. Digital technologies and IoT enable access to basic human needs like clean water and food.
According to the United Nations, 3 in 10 people lack access to safely managed drinking water services. Real-time data monitoring and smart systems can ensure water quality. One company addressing the need for clean water is Wayout. Wayout has made it possible for micro-factories to locally produce clean, filtered water with a minimal eco-footprint. Powered by solar panels, the micro-factories offer an advanced water purification system. Smart agriculture is another example of how we can improve our resource efficiency for food production. Stanley Black & Decker has initiated a smart connect water irrigation system for local farmers in India. With intelligent and connected irrigation, the farmers can better manage groundwater resources and leverage the seasons to produce up to 3 crops a year, leading to additional yield and income.
Smoothing out the bumps
As we proceed with digital transformation on a broader scale, and with increasing speed, there will be bumps in the road. As more devices are incorporated into businesses, standardization and connectivity become increasingly important.
If we can address those challenges, we can take a significant leap forward in IoT in 2021, with 5G as an innovation platform and sustainability grounded in our business. The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of these technologies out of necessity. But they will be with us moving forward as connectivity becomes even more critical to the way we live, learn, and work. And smarter technology will be better and help liberate business.
In a report titled “The dematerialization path to profitability and sustainability, the Future of Enterprises”, Ericsson researchers have found that there six key findings on the Future of Enterprises.
During the survey, quantitative data was collected from 11 markets, through 5,059 online interviews held with respondents aged 18 and older, in Australia, Brazil, China, India, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, the UAE, the UK and the US.
Of these respondents, 2,026 were white-collar information and communications technology (ICT) decision-makers, in enterprises with 5 or more employees.
The remaining 3,033 respondents were white-collar employees, also in enterprises with 5 or more employees.
These respondents are estimated to represent only around 175 million of the roughly 384 million white-collar employees active in the surveyed markets.
The online survey was conducted during September 2020. Qualitative insights were gathered through telepresence interviews with 10 subject matter experts and academic researchers in the US and the EU, as well as with 8 ICT decision-makers in enterprises with 5 or more employees in the US. The interviews were conducted between June and November 2020.
The six key findings of the survey are:
Dematerialization is a key step towards higher profitability and improved sustainability
Today, almost 7 in 10 of the surveyed enterprises have already reached halfway or beyond in their dematerialization journey. Productivity and profitability are named among the key dematerialization benefits by almost half of white-collar decision-makers and close to 4 in 10 say the same for sustainability
By 2030 almost 60 percent of white-collar work is expected to happen outside company premises
With less work taking place at company premises, enterprises must be able to provide their employees with full access to processes and tools regardless of the device they use or whether they are at home or out and about. A decrease in both commuting and CO2 emissions will likely be a result of this shift, as seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Enterprise usage of extended reality (XR) and 5G is expected to grow by more than 50 percent in the next decade
More than 6 in 10 enterprises expect to use 5G devices, and almost as many will use augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) devices, by 2030. Increased usage of mobile immersive video technology regardless of location is expected to further drive the need for secure, high-speed, low-latency cellular connectivity.
The gig economy comes to the office
Of white-collar decision-makers, 6 in 10 believe the share of temporary employment will increase significantly within their companies by 2030, in a shift from mainly being a blue-collar phenomenon. However, this evolution is not without its challenges, as 44 percent of white-collar employees fear it could make life more difficult.
Despite worldwide trade conflicts, enterprises continue to grow internationally
While roughly half of all decision-makers agree that trade conflicts and pandemics will continue to be barriers to international trade, currently 6 in 10 domestic enterprises expect to have an international customer base by 2030 and 4 in 10 agree that the ability to hire employees globally will be key by 2030.
Almost three in four enterprises expect their electricity to come from renewable sources by 2030
The switch to renewable energy is a key component in the journey towards a net-zero enterprise. No less than 8 in 10 decision-makers expect to make significant energy savings through the move towards cloud solutions.
Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) today announced the appointment of Sena Erten as Vice President and Head of People at Ericsson Middle East and Africa and a member of the market area leadership team.
In her new role, Sena will work to realize the company’s people vision in the market area,inspire and guide the business towards a world-class employee experiencethat is people centered, adopting the latest digital technologies, andleading the way in driving our company culture.In a fast transforming industry, Sena will drive Ericsson’s people transformation in the region through innovative leadership, attracting and retaining the best talents and helping Ericsson to win in the talent marketplace while creating a compelling employee experience.
Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa said: “People are at the center of everything we do at Ericsson. I am delighted to welcome Sena into her new role. Herextensive knowledgeand experiencewill further strengthen our people function.In a high-paced industry, pushing the envelope of technology, Sena will work to address the fast-changingcompetence development needs of our company by unlocking the human potential, upskilling and reskilling talents, enabling us to stay ahead of the market and adding value to our customers.”
Sena brings 20 years of human resources and executive experience to Ericsson, rooted in a passion for people development, building diverse and inclusive cultures and high-performing, empowered organizations.
On the occasion of her appointment, Sena says: “I am excited to join the Ericsson family and be part of the team; realizing Ericsson’s vision of an intelligent, sustainable and connected world. I look forward to drive the company’s people strategy in the region, realizing the talents’ full potential while building a culture of excellence and supporting our teams in finding new and effective ways to engage, lead and collaborate.”
The Global Business Alliance (GBA) recognized Ericsson for its innovative contribution to combating the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the pandemic, GBA members have utilized their expertise, resources and dedicated employees to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
“What’s amazing about Ericsson’s story is how they mobilized their highly-skilled workforce to share their technical expertise in deep learning to help researchers better understand this disease,” said Nancy McLernon, president and CEO of the Global Business Alliance.
At the onset of the pandemic in the U.S., more than 350 Ericsson employees came together virtually as a volunteer team, leveraging automation and artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to create tools to accurately utilize the ever-growing set of academic papers published on the COVID-19 virus. In just 27 days, the team completed and submitted a solution for all nine tasks included within the federal government’s COVID-19 Open Research Dataset Challenge (CORD-19), which aimed to develop AI tools to help the medical research community address urgent questions posed by the pandemic.
“Ericsson employees have always been eager to jump in and help, leveraging our technology for good. It’s truly part of our culture where our employees embrace the responsibility to give back through selfless volunteering,” said Niklas Heuveldop, President and Head of Ericsson North America. “This was a very different challenge and a true testament to the resourcefulness and dedication of our team across the world, mobilizing quickly to help contribute to a solution for this global pandemic. Thank you Global Business Alliance for supporting international companies in the United States, and recognizing Ericsson for this award.”
Ericsson’s effort produced significant results in the form of research tools that enable medical professionals, public health officials and other leaders to synthesize the increasing volume of medical research on COVID-19 and related viruses that now consists of over 200,000 articles.
The Awards, which were presented by GBA in a virtual event streamed earlier, showcase the significant contributions that international companies make to local U.S. communities. Many international companies offer their employees the opportunity to volunteer and help direct the company’s corporate social responsibility efforts.
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