IGANGA, UGANDA: The first Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Affairs Rt. Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has challenged people in Busoga and Uganda as a whole to develop an inclusive mindset shift that not only targets local consumers but also regional or even global product consumers.
Ms Kadaga says that this trend can be achieved through enhancement of ICT for business production, marketing and advertising since ICT has globally demonstrated to be a very important function of business productivity due to its role in digitalizing, innovation, education, efficiency and market access.
Rt Hon Kadaga made the remarks on Friday at Iganga Boy’s boarding primary school where she was represented by the third Deputy Premier Rt. Hon. Rukia Isanga Nakadama presiding over the 2nd pass out of 100 graduands who have undergone training under the Huawei DigiTruck ICT training project, in basic ICT entrepreneurship skills from the greater Iganga district.
The ICT project is under Huawei Technologies Uganda Limited in partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and the Busoga Consortium for development. The beneficiaries were from two districts of Mayuge and Iganga.
“As we continue to grow Uganda’s influence in the global marketplace, I want to challenge all the Huawei DigiTruck ICT project beneficiaries, the people of Busoga and Uganda at large to develop an inclusive mindset shift that not only target local consumers but also regional or even global product consumers,”
“This trend can be achieved through enhancement of ICT for business production, marketing and advertising. ICT has globally demonstrated to be a very important function of business productivity due to its role in digitalizing, innovation, education, efficiency and market access,” Kadaga said in her message read by Rt. Hon. Nakadama.
Kadaga commended the government of China for supporting the innovation and encouraged young people especially school-going pupils and students to love and embrace ICT as a core subject of study. She also encouraged PDM SACCOs especially those in rural countryside to take advantage of the modern DigiTruck facility to acquire knowledge and entrepreneurship skills.
“Recently while participating in the Parish Development Model(PDM) launch activities, I learnt that some of the PDM SACCO staff need ICT capacity building to match the national and global operating standards of modern SACCOs that are powered by ICT,” she said.
The minister counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Uganda Mr. Fan Xuecheng thanked the government of Uganda for creating an enabling environment for foreign investors including Huawei to join hands in making their contribution to the social and economic transformation of Uganda, especially in the sectors of infrastructure, ICT and education.
“My thanks also go to the government of Uganda for creating an enabling environment for foreign investors including Huawei to join hands in making their contribution to the social and economic transformation of Uganda, especially in the sectors of infrastructure, ICT and education,” he said before reconfirming China’s continuous cooperation with Uganda in promoting comprehensive cooperative partnership in scoring new achievements.
The State Minister for Disability (Gender Ministry) Hon Asamo Grace Hellen said that the project has so far trained and skilled over 450 individuals from the informal sector including women, youths and persons with disabilities as well as students. She says the project has so far covered districts including Jinja, Namutumba, Mayuge and Iganga citing that the DigiTruck will be heading to Kamuli for two weeks before proceeding to northern Uganda.
The director of community mobilization and mindset change in the Busoga Consortium Mr Patrick Kayemba Gavamukulya said that 100 people graduated with certificates in computer basic skills which will enable them to use various kinds of computers in making money. He said most beneficiaries were from the informal sector who were taught within 14 days.
The function was attended by a delegation from Huawei Technologies Uganda Limited, China Embassy in Uganda, the Busoga Consortium leadership, and political leaders in the Busoga sub-region, among others.
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