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Huawei unveils massive R&D program in New Zealand

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Huawei announced it is making a massive investment in research and development in New Zealand.

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The plans included the building of a cloud data center and establishment of innovation labs in Christchurch and Wellington, Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said in a statement.

The company would spend 400 million NZ dollars ($281.8 million) over five years on the investments, according to the New Zealand government.

Ren said he had met with New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English on Tuesday to discuss ICT (information and communications technology) infrastructure and digital transformation.

He also outlined the company's investment plan for New Zealand, including local procurement, research and development, and cloud computing infrastructure initiatives.

"New Zealand's open and fair trade environment, and its emphasis on developing new technology, facilitates our ongoing commitment," Ren said in the statement.

"New Zealand has rich tourism resources, and highly developed agricultural and trade sectors.

"Digital transformation empowered by advanced ICT technology can enable New Zealand to become better connected with the world, and transform its traditional strengths into driving forces of economic growth."

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