Kenj Nabirye

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Ugandans Complete Huawei Seeds For The Future Training

Ugandan ICT talents sent to China to undertake a two weeks technological training known as Huawei Seeds for the Future in Beijing, the capital city of China, and Shenzhen, where the headquarters of Huawei technologies are located, have successful finished the training.

The 10 talents who concluded the training were selected by the Government of Uganda. These were trained in areas of telecom strategy, Cyber Security, Safe City, Smart City, ICT industry trends and newest technology and equipment.

This program was started globally in 2008 by Huawei to nurture professionals who are urgently needed to drive development of the ICT industry in countries where it operates.

Henry Ludigo, one of the 10 talents encouraged government to increase more of these trainings for more Ugandans, open up more specialized ICT training centers and deploy some of these technologies to cut crime, easy storage through cloud computing and employment opportunities. 

“We are delighted to have taken part in this training. We visited Beijing where we learnt Chinese language, way of life, calligraphy and writing and also learned the significance of various historical sites like Great Wall, Summer Palace, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven”, said Ludigo at the training closing ceremony in Shenzhen on Friday 29th April, 2015. 

He added that, “We also had extensive training in latest technologies such as: Cyber security and Safe City where crime rate will be reduced if deployed in Kampala and I also learned the importance of cloud computing in relation to storing of large and sensitive data. We also toured around Song Shan Lake, Huawei’s core production plant where ICT solutions, components, equipment and mobile devices are manufactured.” 

According to Stanley Chyn, the Managing Director of Huawei Uganda, Huawei Technologies is to take 10 talents for this training program every year and also offer more training courses through internship as per the recent MOU signed with the government of Uganda.

MTN Business Support Center To Uplift Small Businesses

Small businesses will now get personalized customer support, discreet and confidential services from telecom services provider MTN Uganda at a new 24/7 business support center. The new business support center that will be fully dedicated to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) is located at Nyonyi gardens, opposite Kololo Airstrip, in Kampala.

This has been done to further consolidate MTN’s effort to support and enable SMEs in Uganda. The innovative solution has been designed to help offer more value and control for business owners, while enabling them manage their costs with greater efficiency.

Brian Gouldie, the MTN’s CEO, stated that MTN continues to inspire and enable the growth of ‘our business customers in Uganda through integrated telecommunications solutions that ensure efficiency and productivity’

“Under MTN Business, MTN has always embraced technology to create innovative solutions that allow our customers to focus on their core businesses as we enable their technology and communication needs. Additionally, our commitment to entities is, whatever the business requirements, MTN Business has a solution.” he added. 

New bundles

MTN Business has also introduced two new bundle solutions, aimed at offering affordable value to its Business customers; the Kazi bundle targeting SMEs and the trader community and the Business Combo focusing on the unique needs of large corporations.

Details of the Kazi Bundle:

Kazi

Minutes

SMS

Data

Validity

Price

To MTN

Off-net

To MTN

Off-net

Small

800

400

800

100

3GB

30 days

160,000

Medium

1,500

500

800

100

5GB

30 days

229,000

Large

2,000

800

1,200

250

10GB

30 days

330,000

Extra Large

3,000

800

1,200

850

20GB

30 days

499,000

The Kazi bundle comprises of a combination of voice-call minutes, SMS’s to all networks, bundled with data designed in packages designed for multiple users to suit their varying communication needs. MTN Business customers using the Kazi bundle are able to customize their selected bundle according to their specific needs for voice calls, Data or SMS in varying combinations. Users of the Kazi bundles also get to make free calls within their groups as long as a bundle is active.

While speaking to the media and business partners at the home of MTN Business, Nyonyi Gardens in Kololo, MTN Business General Manager, Reginald Kafeero said organizations operate within planned budgets, and therefore, the introduction of the Business Combo ensures that corporations have More Value, More Choice and More Control over their financial and human resources.

 “Kazi bundles are designed for business owners who would like to manage a fixed communication budget, while still providing communication benefits for their employees, business partners or associates,” Kafeero further explained. 

In a move to meet the needs of its broader business custoners, MTN has also introduced The MTN Business Combo bundle, offering Voice, SMS, Data bundles, and International bundles which MTN’s corporate clients can assign to their employees in different package options to suit the role each employee serves in driving the organization’s business agenda.

What makes the MTN Business Combo even more ideal for organizations is that these packages the Business Combo bundles can be auto-renewed every month and activated centrally for all employees which ensures administrative efficiency.

Mr. Kafeero noted that SMEs create around 80% of the regions employment, with formal small and medium sized enterprises contributing up to 45% of the total employment and 33% of the national income (GDP) in emerging economies.

 

 

Singapore Cautions Uganda On Oil Adventure

The Minister of State for Trade and Industry in Singapore, Dr Koh Poh Koon, has cautioned that while the benefits of mining, oil and gas are numerous, the challenges and risk factors involved are equally grave. He added that much as oil has the potential to turn around Uganda’s economy, agriculture remains the country’s strongest and natural comparative advantage.  

Dr Koon was in Uganda last week on a state visit to explore growth opportunities and strengthening trade relations between the two countries. While in Uganda, Dr Koon meet with Uganda’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives, Amelia Kyambadde, at her Kampala office.

Dr Koon together with his delegation of investors expressed interests to invest in Uganda’s economy especially in the areas of urban planning, water recycling, warehousing, infrastructure development, and technology transfer. Singapore is a fast developing economy and widely industrialized.

The visiting minister advised that Uganda should not lose sight of the agricultural sector to the mining and oil and gas industry. “Uganda is doing a good job in carrying out organic farming and I encourage the country to develop its agricultural sector, market the agricultural products so that it becomes the world’s market for organic products. The benefits of oil mining and refinery are numerous, but be cautious about its challenges or risk factors.” 

Kyambadde said Uganda is an agricultural based economy before encouraging Dr Koon to interest Singapore to explore investment opportunities in Uganda in the areas of value addition for agricultural products, agro processing, tourism, minerals and petroleum, manufacturing, fisheries and services industry such as education, health, and financial services, among others.

Kampala Parents School Swimmers Shine At Gala

Kampala Parents School is steadily establishing itself as a swimming giant in the country after winning about 59 medals at the second edition of Midland National School Swimming Gala 2016 that took place at Rainbow International School Ugandna (RISU)over the weekend. The Ruparelia Group owned school won 13 Gold medals, 33 silver Medals, and 13 Bronze Medals.

On top of winning medals, two swimmers from the school were voted the best. Francesco Kagugube and Chiara Nansubuga were voted the best at the tournament that attracted over 400 swimmers from eight schools that participated in the one day swimming gala. The two pupils also happen to be siblings. Nansubuga, 12, is on the Uganda national swimming team.

Speaking to Earthfinds in an interview, Ronald Mubiru, the swimming coach at Kampala Parents School said that they put in a lot of hard work to see that the swimmers excel. “The pupils also have a lot of discipline and are dedicated to swimming,” Mubiru stated.

The head of games and sports at Kampala Parents School Godfrey Kyankya said the school treasures co-curricular activities so much that school has put in place enabling facilities to help pupils train in different sports disciplines comfortably. They have a swimming training schedule. The school trains every Thursday evening and Saturday morning. 

The talented Nansubuga said training hard and remaining focused has helped her to excel as a swimmer. She has participated in international tournaments with the national team and won international certificates and trophies. The second edition of Midland National School Swimming Gala was held in close partnership with Uganda Swimming Federation (USF) and sponsored by Midland Group of Companies through the Midland Foundation. It aims at developing young talented swimmers. 

Other schools that took part in the tournament included Lohana Academy, Seeta Junior School, Daffodils Primary School, Green Hill Primary School, Golden Berry Schools, Kampala Junior Academy and Taibah Schools. The overall winner was Daffodils, followed by Green Hill and Kampala Parents School. Max Kanyerezi, the head of swimming activities at RISU, said the school is determined to put swimming to a higher level and being part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.

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