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Trained Welders Get Total E&P International Certificate

Total E&P Uganda this week unveiled the first group of the internationally certified oil and gas welders at Buhimba Technical Institute in Hoima.

This follows the successful completion of an intensive 3 months training course on 2G and 4G coded welding undertaken by the students and assessed to the American welding society standard.

The 50 welders form the first and second intakes of the students selected in 2018 and 2019 out of the pool of 600 applicants to take part in the inaugural welders training programme sponsored by Total.

They have been equipped with the highest level of oil and gas welding skills in line with the industry, quality, Health, Safety and Environment.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Pierre Jessua, the Total E&P Uganda general manager, said that the graduation was the culmination of several months of hard work and commitment by the students, trainers and the supervisors.

The training programme, he said, is aimed at giving an opportunity to young people from Albertine and pipeline districts to participate in the development of the oil and gas sector in Uganda.

“As sponsors of the programme, we are excited at the prospect of having internationally qualified homegrown craftsmen working on a project of this magnitude in the country,” Jessua said.

Jessua added that graduands have been equipped with internationally recognized skills and competencies that make them highly employable in the job market anywhere in Uganda and the world in any industry they choose to pursue their careers in.

He added that Total E&P Uganda is preparing to begin the next intake of 75 students who will undergo the same training later on in the year.

This welding programme is expected to equip 200 students with an international level of oil and gas welding skills.

The specialized training undertaken by The Assessment  and Skilling Centre (TASC)  with  close  monitoring  from  the  German Development  Agency (GIZ) involved  technical  classroom training as well as practical welding classes conducted  at Buhimba Technical Institute in Hoima district for 2G welding and Lwengo Technical Institute  in Lwengo for the 4G coded welding. 

Samuel Kisembo Araali the chief guest who officiated the graduation ceremony on behalf the minister of energy and mineral development Irene Muloni commended Total E&P Uganda for the programme and the contribution it is making towards preparing Ugandans to take part in the oil and gas sector.                                                    

Rosatom Positive Nuclear Will Unlock Africa’s Energy Potential

Apart from electricity generation, nuclear technology offers Africans a unique and exciting opportunities to benefit health services, agriculture, education, scientific research and industry, Ryan Collyer, the deputy CEO of Rosatom Central and Southern African said in speech at the 2nd African Youth Nuclear Summit which sat in South Africa.

“Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions surrounding our industry and we as an industry should stand together and dispel them. We are working closely with AYGN to do our part in delivering the great stories from our industry, to highlight its true potential to become a catalyst for sustainable development in Africa.

“We all understand that nuclear will play a vital role in achieving the United Nations sustainability goals not only in Africa but across the globe”, Collyer said at the event hosted by African Young Generation in Nuclear (AYGN) in collaboration with the South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society (SAYNPS).

AYGN President Gaopalelwe Santswere highlighted that the focus of the conference was to share, exchange ideas and network on issues related to nuclear science and technology as well as demystify nuclear in the region.

“The intention to build new nuclear power plants within the African continent has sparked great interest in the field of nuclear science and technologies with more young professionals within the continent taking up careers relating to the industry.

The further progress will not succeed without participation of young nuclear professionals and collaborations amongst them. Our first priority is to dispel many misconceptions about the power of atoms and we hope one day the nuclear industry will be celebrated for its grand achievement of bettering the lives of millions across the globe,” noted Santswere.

The conference was fully supported by the World Nuclear Association, African Commission on Nuclear Energy, Department of Mineral Resources and Energy of South Africa, Nuclear energy corporation of South Africa (NECSA), National Nuclear Regulator of South Africa, the International Science and Technology Centre as well as Rosatom and was attended by young professionals and seasoned experts from across the globe.

The conference brought together over 200 of dedicated participants across the continent, from the academia; nuclear research institutions, nuclear service providers, prospective and current operators as well as regulators to share experience, exchange ideas and network on issues related to nuclear science and technology.

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1000 Ugandan Students Enroll For The 2019 Huawei ICT Competition

Over 1000 I.T students from Universities all over Uganda have registered to take part in the global Huawei ICT competition registration that happened in October.

Through presentations by Huawei made to students in Makerere, Kyambogo, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Nkozi, Mbarara, Kabale, Lira, Gulu, Muni, UCU and MUBS accordingly, there has been a tremendous turn up of registration by the students to study and compete in the global competition

The registered students are expected to access learning material free of charge on the Huawei online learning platform in the various courses such as Network and Cloud track.

The network track consists of Router & Switch, Security and Wireless Lan while Cloud track consists of Artificial intelligence, Big Data, Cloud Computing and Storage.

These students are expected to study and do exams prepared for them at preliminary level, national level, regional level on the African continent and global level.

According to Ms. Wu Suqi, the coordinator of the Huawei ICT Academy, “the top students with the required pass mark after the various stages of the competition shall be awarded internship and job opportunities, professional Huawei certification recognition, gift devices and trips to South Africa and China for the regional and global competition respectively.”

“This is a platform for Ugandan I.T students to obtain professional acknowledgment from the ICT industry through the Huawei Certification”, she added.

With the theme “Connection, Glory, Future”, the Huawei 2019-2020 Global ICT competition aims to provide a platform for global ICT talents to compete and communicate, promote high-quality ICT talent development, and drive the growth of a robust and sustainable ICT talent ecosystem.

Mr. Josephat, the Head of ICT Department from Muni University commended Huawei’s efforts of skilling and nurturing ICT Talent. 

“I thank Huawei for this ICT competition and also the Seeds for the future program where as university we have participated for three years. These are great skilling and nurturing efforts aimed at making our students better and ready for employment,” he said.

Orient Bank Partners With Unionpay To Ease Cash-out

Orient Bank Uganda Limited and UnionPay International have announced a partnership in which all UnionPay Cards are now accepted at all ATMs and POS terminals of Orient Bank, one of the leading and fastest-growing banks in Uganda. 

Announcing the partnership in Kampala today, Darshana Bhatia, Orient Bank Executive Director said, “This is yet another demonstration of our commitment to anticipate and meet our customer needs through technology, innovation and partnership.

Uganda  and China enjoy a robust trading relationship which relies greatly on each country’s integration into the global financial system if ease of doing business is to be attained.” 

UnionPay International is accelerating the promotion of digitized payments in East Africa. Today, UnionPay has over 80% acceptance on ATMs in Uganda and over 85% acceptance on POS terminals. 

Mr. Luping Zhang, General Manager of UnionPay International Africa Branch said, “This partnership will offer holders of UnionPay cards a seamless payment experience. Based on this collaboration, the two sides will explore future cooperation in rolling out UnionPay’s innovative products, including UnionPay QR Code payment and B2B online payment.” 

Orient Bank has continued its quest to provide fast, convenient and safe payment systems to serve its niche customers in SME and High Networth Banking Segments. 

This partnership will further boost trade between Uganda and China as visitors from China will be able to process payments at Orient bank ATMs and Point of Sale terminals across various merchants. 

In partnership with more than 2,000 institutions worldwide, UnionPay has enabled card acceptance in 176 countries and regions and realised card issuance in 58 countries and regions.

UnionPay provides high quality, cost-effective and secure cross-border payment services to the world’s largest cardholder base and ensures convenient local services to a growing number of global UnionPay cardholders and millions of merchants.

 

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