Airtel Uganda has today announced that it joins Huawei Technologies Uganda Co. Ltd and the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance in a campaign to improve Uganda’s service delivery, social and economic transformation through offering quality and affordable ICT services.
This was executed through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was launched between Huawei Uganda and the Ministry of ICT on May 19th, 2022 when Huawei and the ICT Ministry launched a Talent Cultivation MOU to provide adequate skills, training, and certification courses required by employers to UICT students and ICT officers. The execution was held at the UICT Innovation Hub in Nakawa.
As the telco now joins this partnership, they have pledged to offer internship placement opportunities to UICT students who are the direct beneficiaries of the Talent Cultivation MoU.
While speaking at the launch today, Airtel Uganda’s Chief Technical Officer Mr. Rajesh Agrawal said the telco was excited to be part of the digital transformation drive that would foster Uganda’s ICT vision. He noted that Huawei Technologies Uganda Co. Ltd has promoted and built a strong foundation of the knowledge base for the students of ICT and Engineers — preparing them to become excellent cyber experts who will efficiently serve the Ugandan ICT industry.
“We are proud of being part of this transformational journey for a very strong Digital Uganda. ICT has become the backbone for all the segments of society without any bias to gender, age, demography, and economic status,” said Agrawal. “ICT is no more a luxury but has become the basic need of one and all who need to survive and thrive in this competitive world.”
The Minister and Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, Chris Baryomunsi and Aminah Zawedde respectively commended Airtel Uganda for being part of the digitization journey of Uganda.
“The government is driving the National ICT Development, pursuing the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) and ICT technologies such as 5G, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Cyber Security,” Zawedde said. “ICT is the enabler of digital transformation, the application of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cloud and Big Data will change people’s lives and future business enormously and Cyber Security is key to secure the network.”
“Today we launch this MoU, but I do not want us to stop at launching rather see to it that the students are trained, certified, and get jobs. I thank Airtel for offering us the jobs,” Zawedde concludes her remarks.
Baryomunsi awarded Airtel Uganda with a plaque confirming the telco’s offer as an internship center for the students from the ICT Academy.