- The DigiTruck project is part of the Huawei TECH4ALL initiative which aims to drive digital inclusion and sustainability across the globe.
- The DigiTruck project is aligned with Uganda's 2040 vision, National Development Plan, and Education Digital Agenda Strategy.
- The Huawei DigiTruck, Huawei ICT Academy and Huawei ICT Competitions are all part of the Huawei ICT Talent Development program.
From October 2023 till January 2024, Huawei Technologies’ DigiTruck project in the Teso Sub-region has equipped over 1,000 youth, women, Jua-kalis, and local district officers to mention a few with digital skills to enable them to engage in e-commerce and market their produce.
All 11 districts in the Teso sub-region have been covered with 1,139 beneficiaries equipped with ICT skills ready to use them to improve their lives.
The Vice President of Uganda, H.E Jessica Alupo congratulated the graduates upon completing these courses through the DigiTruck program — as she emphasized how the government values the youth reminding them about the National Youth Policy which gets amended at least every 10 years to capture any areas that might have changed.
“The youth are vital in the development of the country — therefore I urge them to use the ICT skills acquired to improve the livelihoods of themselves and their communities,” said Alupo.
Alupo requested the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development to provide some ICT equipment for the youth who have been equipped with these skills so that they can practice constantly and to include sensitization programs for them.
The Vice President lauded Huawei Uganda for introducing ICT Talent Development to the Teso sub-region. “I would like to thank the team from Huawei Uganda for ensuring that the skills from the Huawei ICT Talent Development program like the DigiTruck program reached over 1,100 beneficiaries in the 11 districts in this sub-region.”
Hon. Rose Lilly Akello, the Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity also thanked Huawei Uganda for supporting the people of Uganda through ICT skilling under its ICT Talent Development programs. “We appreciate this program of the Huawei DigiTruck,” she said.
Akello proceeded with a message for the youth and we quote, “Whatever skill or talent you have got from this program, please use it well, do not use these skills recklessly.” “Tomorrow, you will be leaders of this nation, let us use the skills to develop ourselves and the society.”
On behalf of Aggrey David Kibenge the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development, Hillary Businge congratulated the graduates for such a milestone.
“Today, we witness the genesis of a transformative journey with Huawei Uganda as we award the DigiTruck beneficiaries of the Teso sub-region,” said Businge on behalf of Kibenge. “This symbolizes our collective determination to ensure that no one is left behind in harnessing prosperity during this digital era.”
Businge extended gratitude to Huawei Uganda for their invaluable support and dedication toward this endeavor — remarking that their expertise and resources have been instrumental in making the DigiTruck project a reality.
Huawei Uganda’s Subsidiary Board Director, Yi Junsong said, “The DigiTruck has trained 1,139 Ugandans from the Teso sub-region which is almost double the pre-planned numbers of 600 beneficiaries from the sub-region, all thanks to H.E Jessica Alupo and the local leadership of the Teso sub-region who worked together with us closely to ensure 11 districts in Teso are completed by this month.”
Junsong hopes that the beneficiaries from this cohort can use these skills to improve livelihoods and the society of the Teso sub-region.
Junsong thanked Vice President, Jessica Alupo for her continuous support towards such developmental activities and also appreciated the partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development and the local leadership in the Teso subregion towards supporting this good cause.
The DigiTruck project which is part of the Huawei TECH4ALL initiative is aligned with Uganda’s 2040 vision, National Development Plan, and Education Digital Agenda Strategy all aimed at transforming the East African state into a digital village.