While launching a new campaign dubbed “Discover Africa’s Innovation Powerhouse” —that is meant to brand Uganda as a Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO), Innovation and investment destination, the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance and partners Huawei, MTN Uganda, Airtel Uganda, Vision Group, NBS, UBC, unveiled and flagged off five (5) innovators that will represent Uganda at the Dubai 2020 Expo next month.
The 5 innovators are Martin Mukama (PRISMS), Hareesh Sahadevan (EMVIGO TECHNOLOGIES), Lydia Nakayenze (ONCAPLANTA), Mohammed Muwonge (BADAYE TECHNOLOGIES), and Francis Nkurunungi (XENTE APP) —were vetted [by the BPO & Innovation Council] from the 11 innovators that were shortlisted from the call of applications by the Ministry of ICT in January.
“By sending Ugandan Innovators to The Dubai Expo, we believe that they can experience breakthrough technologies and learn about disruptive innovations that we are confident, they will bring back home,” Ps. Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, Dr. Aminah Zawedde said during her remarks at the launch. She noted that the Dubai Expo 2020 has given Uganda a chance to experience global innovations and most importantly a platform to showcase Uganda’s BPO and Innovation ecosystem.
Zawedde also emphasized that Africa has Uganda as an Innovation Power House that the world can leverage to tap into the potential that we have [when it comes to innovation]. She called partners Huawei, MTN, Airtel, NBS, UBC, Vision Group, TBWA, and Centenary Technology Services, to continue showing the world that Uganda is indeed Africa’s Innovation Power House.
In his remarks, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Chris Baryomunsi asked the qualified innovators that are going to represent Uganda at the Dubai Expo “to do a good job because they have become our ambassadors”. He added that “Through this deliberate effort of BPO and Innovation promotion, the Ministry is working towards enabling market-oriented innovation, connecting the best of businesses, talent, and ideas, from around the world.”
The Ministry of ICT introduced the BPO and Innovations Council to pave the way for the ultimate goal of creating jobs for the youth through ICT outsourcing and innovation —and prescribing regulatory frameworks/reforms and projects relevant to the growth of the BPO and Innovation ecosystem. The council is targeting to create 20,000 jobs in at least 18 months.
“The Government of Uganda has embarked in an incentive to develop the BPO and Innovation Sectors that will be considered as key areas that the Government can exploit as long term solution to address the issue of unemployment amongst the educated youth,” Baryomunsi remarked.
While at the Dubai Expo, team Uganda will be part of the Opportunity Pavilion which reflects the necessity of financial capital as a resource to support growth, and partnerships as a primary driver of innovation and employment. The 5 innovators will get the opportunity to interact with investors looking to support innovation as a driver of employment.
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