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Huawei Cloud Support Drives Success For African E-Commerce Platform

Cloud and app store support play a critical role in ensuring the success of e-commerce platforms in Africa.

This was the view from Lulu Haangala Wood, co-founder and CMO of Afrishop, an e-commerce hub offering convenient, quality shopping and affordable logistics to the African market. She was speaking at the Huawei Cloud & AI Forum at the online AfricaCom 2020 event, part of the Africa Tech Festival from November 9-13.

Afrishop launched its offering supported by Huawei Cloud, providing convenient online shopping and affordable logistics and courier services. Afrishop’s aim is to create a more convenient and affordable delivery service for consumers looking for quality goods from China.

In its launch and development, Afrishop got support from Huawei Cloud infrastructure and Huawei AppGallery, the app store on Huawei smartphones.

“We are available on Android and Apple app stores, but our competitive advantage has been that we are available on the Huawei AppGallery on Huawei phones, which are widely used in Africa,” said Haangala Wood. “Having that partnership from Huawei to push our app in the app store really helped us, and we saw a big uptick in downloads.”

She said there had long been a need for a good supply-chain management system to African consumers. Afrishop set out to provide convenience and affordable last-mile delivery, right to the customer’s doorstep. 

“We offer B2C and B2B services for customers who want to purchase individual pieces, as well as fulfilment of bulk orders,” said Haangala Wood.  “Our main services are online shopping and supply chain management, and our solution is faster, easier and more convenient than other platforms. Our customer has access through both our app and our website, because apps don't have a big uptake in all African territories yet.”

Haangala Wood said Afrishop had seen 10 000 downloads in its first week and had continued to grow over the past nine months. The platform operates in Zambia, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, and Angola.

“Influencer marketing has been a huge part of our strategy, as well as offline marketing through traditional media, which remains relevant in the African market,” said Haangala Wood. “However, our core has been digital marketing. With our current app, distribution and listing in the Huawei app gallery comes at zero cost.

“We continue to improve our app and hope we can continue our great partnership with Huawei Cloud,” said Haangala Wood. “Covid-19 did hit us, but we are excited to see that more people are looking to e-commerce as their preferred shopping channel.”

The Huawei Cloud & AI Forum is an event regularly hosted by Huawei for the African ICT industry. The theme at this month’s event is “New Value Together”, with the aim to establish an open, cooperative platform for customers and partners to explore new opportunities for an intelligent future.

Technology Is Key To Reducing Inequality, Experts Say At Summit

The South African government is ramping up policies aimed at using digital technology to reduce inequality, create opportunities and reap the benefits of ICT for a post-pandemic social and economic revival.

This was the message from Minister of Communications, Telecommunications and Postal Service Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams today. The minister was speaking at the Better Africa Summit at AfricaCom2020, the largest telco, media, and technology event in Africa, taking place online from November 9-12.

Ndabeni-Abrahams said President Ramaphosa’s Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) commission has already made several key recommendations that have been approved by Cabinet. These include a commitment to invest in human capital, the establishment of an Artificial Intelligence Institute, setting up a platform for advanced manufacturing and new materials and supporting data security data to enable innovation.

The minister congratulated Summit organisers Huawei for the event, which came “when people everywhere are positioning themselves to play a meaningful role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR)”.

“Technology can address the most challenging development problems faced by South Africa and the rest of the continent,” said Ndabeni-Abrahams. “By supporting SMMEs to develop technology that will optimise the delivery of services in sectors such as health, education and transport, we can simultaneously enhance the wellbeing of our citizens and become globally competitive.”

Ndabeni Abrahams said COVID-19 had confirmed the government’s belief in data as a catalyst for digital transformation and economic growth through digital technologies and innovations. She said this had informed the government’s new Data and Cloud Policy, which aimed to improve citizens access to data and to encourage a new thinking about the world of work.

Echoing the Minister’s sentiment, Leo Chen, Huawei President for Sub Saharan Africa Region, pointed to the pandemic triggering a long-term shift in people’s behaviour to stay online.

“We recently saw new demands for work-from-home, online shopping and home schooling emerge, with data traffic soaring over 40% and digital services booming across the Sub Saharan Africa region. We are grateful to see that African governments have responded quickly to the crisis by enhancing the role of ICT in the fight and recovery, whether through releasing temporary spectrum or policy recommendations, said Chen

Also speaking at AfricaCom, Sharoda Rapeti, a non-executive partner at Delta Partners consulting firm, said telcos could be “growth accelerators” in building a resilient post-pandemic economy through infrastructure sharing models and increased investment.

Presenting the results of a pandemic survey, Rapeti noted there had been a surge in connectivity at regional level in Africa and signs of pent-up demand for Cloud-based solutions. 

“Around 58% of African leaders surveyed saw the pandemic as an industry accelerator,” said Rapeti “These findings point to good prospects for the telco sector in Africa, as long as we take the right approach to investment and partnerships and we implement large-scale connectivity infrastructure at the right pace.”

ATU Secretary General John Omo told the conference that the ICT industry was growing into a new global economic growth engine.

“Solving the digital inequality gap must be our common goal to enable those with connectivity, digital tools and skills, and those without access to the digital world, to meet at a central point,” said Omo.

Omo called for policies and regulation that encourage investment in network deployment and passive infrastructure sharing among operators. He also called for simplified regulatory processes and timely assignment of spectrum for new and evolving technology according to industry protocols.

He said governments, institutions and ICT organisations needed to equip workforces with the latest ICT skills so that they could stay competitive in a fast-expanding digital economy. He also called for ongoing institutional support for innovation, as in ATU’s recent partnership with Huawei on the ATU Africa Innovation Challenge 2020

“Collaboration amongst stakeholders is the path we must take to develop Africa and reinforce the ICT contribution to the well-being of our people,” he said.

Entries’ Submission For 2020 Digital Impact Awards Africa Kick Off

HiPipo; the organizers of the annual Digital Impact Awards Africa have started receiving entries for the 2020 Digital Impact Awards Africa (#DIAA2020).  Digital Impact Awards Africa is Africa’s most important gathering of C-Level Executives, and senior Digital and IT executives.

The kick-off of the entries’ submission marks the start of a comprehensive entry submission and validation process that will run until 2nd November 2020. This will be followed by the release of nominations and public voting.

The #DIAA2020 grand finale is slated for the afternoon of Thursday 26th November. It will be preceded by the annual Include Everyone Summit (aka Digital and Financial Inclusion Summit) on the same day.

#DIAA2020 grand finale is scheduled for 26th November 2020 at the Kampala Sheraton Hotel. The awards gala will be the climax of the Include Everyone - Digital and Financial Inclusion Summit that will happen on the same day. This summit will explore the strategic trends and technologies that are shaping the future of Digital, IT and business. The summit theme will be “Collaboration To Advance Safety and Security Towards Sustainable Financial Inclusion”.

Digital Impact Awards Africa is a platform that promotes Digital Inclusion, Financial Inclusion and Cybersecurity. Precisely; the Awards seek to recognize, celebrate and appreciate different individuals and organizations that are spearheading the use of digital mediums to better serve their communities.

All qualifying organisations and projects are called upon to submit their entries ahead of the entry closure date of 2nd November 2020.

Categories

Africa

  1. Africa (KENYA) Outstanding Contribution to Financial Inclusion
  2. Africa (TANZANIA) Outstanding Contribution to Financial Inclusion
  3. Africa (RWANDA) Outstanding Contribution to Financial Inclusion
  4. Africa (ETHIOPIA) Outstanding Contribution to Financial Inclusion
  5. Africa (BURUNDI) Outstanding Contribution to Financial Inclusion
  6. Africa Best Fintech Innovation
  7. Africa Best Smart Device Initiative
  8. Africa Best Internet Access Initiative
  9. Africa Best Mobile Innovation for Health
  10. Africa Best Mobile Innovation for Agriculture
  11. Africa Best Mobile Innovation for Education
  12. Africa Best Mobile Innovation for Banking
  13. Africa WomenInFintech – Leadership Award (Personality)
  14. Africa Financial Inclusion – Medal of Honor (Personality)
  15. Africa Best Digital Response to Covid Impact (Community Support)
  16. Africa Best Digital Response to Covid Impact (Consumer Product and Services)
  17. Africa Best Digital Response to Covid Impact (Financial Inclusion Services)

Uganda

  1. Financial Inclusion Excellence - Diamond (Corporate 10+ Years)
  2. Financial Inclusion Excellence -Platinum (Corporate 6-9 Years)
  3. Fintech Outstanding Contribution (40Days40Fintechs) - Gold (SME- 10+ Years)
  4. Fintech Outstanding Contribution (40Days40Fintechs) - Silver (SME - 6-9 Years)
  5. Fintech Outstanding Contribution (40Days40Fintechs) - Bronze (SME -2-5 Years)
  6. Women Financial Inclusion Outstanding Contribution (Saving and Lending)
  7. Women Financial Inclusion Outstanding Contribution (Payments)
  8. Women Financial Inclusion Outstanding Contribution (Insurance)
  9. Digital Banking Excellence (Online/Web, Mobile, Social Banking)
  10. E-Commerce Excellence
  11. Agriculture Digitization Excellence (Financial Services)
  12. Agriculture Digitization Excellence (E-commerce)
  13. Green Energy Excellence Powered by Financial Inclusion.
  14. Best Digital Customer Experience (Financial Services, Telecom, IT)
  15. Best Digital Customer Experience (Utilities and Government Services)
  16. Best Brand on Social Media (Financial Services, Telecom, IT)
  17. Best Brand on Social Media (Consumer Goods)
  18. Best Brand on Social Media (Utilities, Government Services)
  19. Best Digital Powered Campaign
  20. Best Mobile Payments (Innovation)
  21. Best Cards Payments (Innovation)
  22. Best Community Banking
  23. Best Digital Awareness Initiative (Financial Literacy, Cybersecurity)
  24. Best Digital Embrace (Non-Consumer Facing Brand)
  25. Digital Brand of the Year

 

Kyambogo, Nkozi University Get Huawei ICT Study Equipment

Huawei, a leading ICT global solutions provider has today donated ICT study equipment worth 30,000USD to Kyambogo and Uganda Martyrs University. This equipment is to aid in the hands-on study in the Huawei ICT Academy that was started within the different universities in 2019.

The event that took place at Serena Hotel Kampala was attended by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of ICT and National Guidance Hon. Vicent Bagiire, Huawei Managing director Mr. Gaofei, the Vice Chancellors Kyambogo and Nkozi University.

The Huawei ICT Academy was launched in May 2019 at Makerere University and spread to seven other universities with Kyambogo and Nkozi inclusive. Huawei’s mission is to train 1000 students free of charge in the next two years as pledged to His Excellence Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

According to Huawei’s Managing Director Mr. Gaofei, “we shall also donate ICT Academy equipment to the following universities, Kyambogo and Uganda Martyrs University as pledged. We hope that these shall aide and ease the teaching and learning process of the students.”

“With this donation, we believe that we shall trigger exploration which lights the way forward. And furthermore, we believe that this exploration begins with sharing wisdom, and exchange of ideas to open up exciting new possibilities in a digital world”, He added.

The permanent secretary and chief guest by Hon. Vicent Bagiire emphasized that the skills imparted through the ICT Academy should be able to help students to create their own enterprises. 

“For us it is important because we realize and recognize that ICT can be used for efficiencies in whatever we do but that it’s also a business. So we hold the view that the skills that have been imparted unto you the students can be used to create your own enterprises instead of looking for employment,” he said

Huawei has now opened approximately eight ICT academies in Ugandan Universities namely; Makerere, Muni, Kyambogo, MUBs, Kabale, Soroti, Nkozi and Mbarara. The Huawei ICT Academy course combines both theories and practical operations which range from Enterprise Networks such as Routing and Switching, Advanced Network and Network technology, information technology such as Storage, Cloud computing and big data among others.

 

 

 

Ugandan Students To Represent Africa At Huawei ICT Global Competition

Three Ugandan students who took part in the Huawei ICT global competition Africa will now represent the continent at the global stage in November 2021, in China.

Under the theme of "Connection, Glory, Future", the four-day competition that kicked off on 10th September 2020 covered over 14 countries in the African region and attracted over 50,000 students.

Uganda was represented by two student teams - one won, the other emerged second runners up. The winning team comprises of two students from Muni University and one student from Lira University.

The three winning students – Doreen Nalwoga, Shaffick Nyanzi and Emmanuel Kiguli – were also rewarded by Huawei Uganda at a ceremony in Kampala on Monday.    

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance Bagiire Vincent Waiswa who was the chief guest commended Huawei for the ICT Competition initiative that mobilizes young Ugandans to build their capacity and skills with a view of making them market-ready.

“By market-ready I mean you take these Ugandans and give them the necessary exposure through competition for them to be able to come back home and utilized the skills they have learned,” he said.

 “As far as the ministry is concerned, developing human capital is extremely important and we look at initiatives such as these (Huawei ICT Competition) as an avenue that we can utilize to build the capacity of our ICT professionals and therefore build substantial ICT ecosystem,” he added. 

The managing director of Huawei Uganda, Gao Fei, said that the competition is very relevant to every ICT student and professional because it’s a comprehensive approach of skills development for employment, enhanced productivity and growth.

“The Huawei ICT Competition and Academy is a comprehensive approach of skills development for employment, enhanced productivity and growth. Training contents in this program has been aligned with skills requirements in the job market.

That is why we re-dedicate ourselves to working even more closely with universities across the country to better equip students with the next generation of technologies and create the platform for the Ugandan students to demonstrate they are capable of maturing into world-class experts,” said Gao Fei.

Doreen Nalwoga, a computer science student at Lira University and one of the winners expressed her gratitude to the exposure Huawei had accorded to them.

"We have attained professional certification at no cost, facilitation and awards. I am personally certified with HCIA Security, HCIA Router and Switch, HCIA WLAN. Am currently finalizing an additional course to be a Huawei Certified Internetwork Professional (HCIP R&S). This means I am capable of designing, implementing and maintaining enterprise networks already,” Doreen said.

In Uganda, the first edition of the Huawei ICT competition started in 2018 with 1300 students from various public universities. In 2019, over 2500 students from different universities took part, accessing 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 studied and were subjected to preliminary exams, national exams and Regional exams.

Globally the Huawei ICT Competition 2019-2020 has covered over 70 countries worldwide, with 150 000 contestants from more than 2,000 universities and colleges. Launched in the African region just five years ago, the Huawei ICT Competition has developed into the largest ICT skills competition in Africa.

Huawei Releases Banking Resilience Index For 2020 and Beyond

At HUAWEI CONNECT 2020, International Data Corporation (IDC), the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets, along with Huawei, have released a major White Paper titled "Banking Industry Rises up to the New Normal". 

In this paper, IDC and Huawei survey the impact that Covid-19 has had on the banking industry and outlines steps that should be taken by banks to ensure their future success. As part of this report, IDC and Huawei has developed a Banking Resilience Index, which quantifies the current status of banking by region in terms of six key measures. This Index shows major regional differences and can be used by banks to assess their own Resilience and provides guidance for where to focus for future success.

At HUAWEI CONNECT 2020, Huawei and its partners are showing the wide range of FSI solutions, including Financial Cloud, smart branches, digital CORE and intelligent data platforms. These solutions allow banks to reduce costs, increase agility to the rapidly changing FSI environment, attract and retain customers and position themselves against emerging competitors. 

The recent disruptions to everyday life have moved the focus of financial services to Mobile and Huawei has been a leader in supporting the move to mobile interactions globally, based on the early experiences in China. The insights we are sharing are allowing financial customers globally to respond and support customers in these trying times.

These experiences led Huawei to work with IDC on this report. Some of the major findings in the report concern the financial impact of the pandemic on bank's balance sheets, the exponential increase in digital payments from mobile devices and the dramatic shift in the role of branches in banking services. In looking to the future, IDC finds that efforts should concentrate on:

  • Channel Upgrades – moving to a completely digital customer journey,
  • Communication Rethink – changing how services are delivered to customers,
  • Infrastructure Overhaul – building on hybrid cloud and microservices,
  • Data and Analytics Redefinition – building robust data lake and AI capabilities,
  • Workflow Reimagining – moving beyond paper and PCs to mobile workflows, and
  • Platform Transformation – incorporating emerging technologies such as 5G, AI and IoT, etc.

Taken together, the Banking Resilience Index and the focus areas, provide guidance for banks as they deal with the continuing challenges of "The New Normal".

Huawei will continue to expand its engagement with the world's leading financial organizations and the insights provided by this report will provide a solid foundation for that work.

Huawei’s Seeds For The Future Program Compliments Uganda’s ICT Training Efforts

The Minister of State for Education and Sports Denis Hamson Obua has affirmed that Huawei's Seeds for the Future Program that has been training Ugandan university students since 2016 when it was first launched falls within the country’s ICT ambitions of equipping Ugandans with the right and latest ICT knowledge and skills.

Obua was speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2020 edition Seeds for the Future Program known as the “Sky Seeds for the Future”. The minister said the knowledge and skills acquired during the training will go a long way in helping the ICT industry. 37 Ugandan students selected from different universities underwent online training due to COVID19 pandemic.

“The government of Uganda is proud of the services being rendered by Huawei. We are proud of the employment and training opportunities; we don’t take that for granted. The Huawei Seeds for the Future Program complements and supplements efforts of the government in training students identified through a process from Ugandan universities,” Obua said.

Obua encouraged the continuation of the good bilateral relationship between Uganda and China because it has birthed good projects not only in the ICT sector but all in other sectors of the economy.

Gao Fei, the managing director of Huawei Uganda, revealed that the trained students learnt about artificial intelligence, cloud computing, 5G technology among others. This being the first online training, Gao believes the new trend will offer the training opportunities without borders.

Students Compete To Represent Sub Saharan Africa In Huawei’s Global ICT Competition

The Sub-Sahara African finals of the Huawei Global ICT Competition, under the theme of "Connection, Glory, Future", kicked off on 10 September with an online opening ceremony. It is believed to be the biggest event of its kind in Africa covering 14 countries and attracting over 50,000 students.

Globally the Huawei ICT Competition 2019-2020 has covered over 70 countries worldwide, with 150 000 contestants from more than 2,000 universities and colleges. 

Launched in the region just five years ago, the Huawei ICT Competition has developed into the largest ICT skills competition in Africa. 

During the opening ceremony attended by industry partners, UNESCO and students, Huawei Southern Africa VP, Liao Yong highlighted the significance of connectivity in the era of social distancing. 

“The digital divide is actually widening under the new normal caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. As people migrate more work and study online, the digitally disadvantaged people are hit harder,“Liao said. 

In a recent UNESCO webinar, digital infrastructure was identified among the most prominent challenges facing higher education in Africa. 

“Holding the online version of ICT competition during the pandemic has a unique value, it shows that Huawei, as a pioneer in building African digital infrastructure, also takes its talent strategy very seriously. It encompasses three aspects; digital upskilling ICT professionals, encouraging and enabling ICT students, and promote ICT literacy among ordinary people,”Liao added. 

Huawei has invested heavily in preparation for this event, holding 300 campus roadshows, in 14 Sub-Sahara African countries, with a total of 50,000 students participating. The competition-related training helped over 300 students receive job offers. 

This training has been of great significance for the students. “I began the race for the Huawei ICT competition in August 2019 while observing my internship at A.B.U. Zaria,” says Atabol Hamza Adenoi, a student from Nigeria. “I was trained ahead of the competition’s exam and shortly after, I was granted the opportunity to do an internship at the Huawei Nigeria headquarters in Abuja.” 

Also speaking during the opening ceremony, Ydo Yao, acting Director of UNESCO International Bureau of Education, applauded Huawei for playing an exemplary role to support initiatives that create, innovate and deliver ICT skills for the continent. 

In Africa, the partnership between UNESCO and Huawei has been fruitful with many successful projects, such as DigiTruck and Huawei ICT Academy under the auspices of Huawei’s digital inclusion initiative TECH4ALL. 

With a series of talent ecosystem campaigns in Sub Saharan Africa, including the ICT competition, Huawei hopes to skill up more than 700,000 ICT professionals by 2023. The aim is  to bridge the ICT talent gap, advance the digital transformation of industries, and bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

The Sub-Sahara African finals of the Huawei Global ICT Competition, under the theme of "Connection, Glory, Future", kicked off on 10 September with an online opening ceremony. It is believed to be the biggest event of its kind in Africa covering 14 countries and attracting over 50,000 students.

Globally the Huawei ICT Competition 2019-2020 has covered over 70 countries worldwide, with 150 000 contestants from more than 2,000 universities and colleges. 

Launched in the region just five years ago, the Huawei ICT Competition has developed into the largest ICT skills competition in Africa. 

During the opening ceremony attended by industry partners, UNESCO and students, Huawei Southern Africa VP, Liao Yong highlighted the significance of connectivity in the era of social distancing. 

“The digital divide is actually widening under the new normal caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. As people migrate more work and study online, the digitally disadvantaged people are hit harder“ Liao said. 

In a recent UNESCO webinar, digital infrastructure was identified among the most prominent challenges facing higher education in Africa. 

“Holding the online version of ICT competition during the pandemic has a unique value, it shows that Huawei, as a pioneer in building African digital infrastructure, also takes its talent strategy very seriously. It encompasses three aspects; digital upskilling ICT professionals, encouraging and enabling ICT students, and promote ICT literacy among ordinary people,”Liao added. 

Huawei has invested heavily in preparation for this event, holding 300 campus roadshows, in 14 Sub-Sahara African countries, with a total of 50,000 students participating. The competition-related training helped over 300 students receive job offers.

This training has been of great significance for the students. “I began the race for the Huawei ICT competition in August 2019 while observing my internship at A.B.U. Zaria,” says Atabol Hamza Adenoi, a student from Nigeria. “I was trained ahead of the competition’s exam and shortly after, I was granted the opportunity to do an internship at the Huawei Nigeria headquarters in Abuja.” 

Also speaking during the opening ceremony, Ydo Yao, acting Director of UNESCO International Bureau of Education, applauded Huawei for playing an exemplary role to support initiatives that create, innovate and deliver ICT skills for the continent. 

In Africa, the partnership between UNESCO and Huawei has been fruitful with many successful projects, such as DigiTruck and Huawei ICT Academy under the auspices of Huawei’s digital inclusion initiative TECH4ALL.

With a series of talent ecosystem campaigns in Sub Saharan Africa, including the ICT competition, Huawei hopes to skill up more than 700,000 ICT professionals by 2023. The aim is  to bridge the ICT talent gap, advance the digital transformation of industries, and bring digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

Developers Introduce Live Vote Polling And Tallying Software Ahead Of 2021 Elections

Data, research, media and business consulting firm Brothers Intelligence LLC has introduced the first-ever live-polling, tallying and reporting software in the country ahead of the 2021 General elections.

In an exclusive interview, Donald Wasake, the team leader of Brothers Intelligence LLC, reveals that the software will be a game-changer in Uganda's elections. As this E-polling Application will tally accurately, and report election results in real-time for the candidates.

“Various candidates and political parties will be able to track their results in real time as the tallying and summation of the final results happens from across all the country’s polling stations,” he said.  This should at the very least reduce incidences of vote rigging with an advance in technology, he added.

Whether it is at the constituency level for Members of Parliament, District level for District Chairmen and at the National level for the presidential elections, candidates using this software and platform will be able to get their results in real time, as they come in.

The application's lead developer and the firm’s Chief Technology Officer Kasaija Nuwagaba emphasized that this exclusive service built around artificial intelligence and deep machine learning will make election monitoring which has been complicated by the Covid-19 pandemic much easier as it can be done remotely and efficiently by all candidates in the election process.

 This service is designed for candidates, political parties and other entities that are looking at staying a step ahead in the final and most critical phase/third of the election which is the tallying, reporting and announcing of election results Nuwagaba added.

Using this state of the art technology, candidates standing will also be able to gauge their strength on the ground with real time polling done using the firm's data research expertise and foot soldiers on the ground.

Independent regular monthly opinion polls will also be done by the firm for various constituencies and levels to keep both candidates and the electorate updated too.

“Here various acceptable research methods of proper sampling, pre-testing and flexible research tools shall be used. These range from on-ground interviews targeted calls of voters, online survey questionnaires to the general public and psychographic analysis of the electorate done to weigh a candidate’s strength’s or weaknesses” Wasake says.

Based on this, a candidate can then be guided on where to improve and which weaknesses to deal with so as to increase their chances of winning the election.

However, in order to better prepare candidates and make them compete more favourably against their rivals in the forthcoming elections, the firm is offering a number of other exclusive campaign management services to candidates in their pursuit of victory.

Michael Kanaabi the firm's Senior Analyst in charge of the Political, media and digital desk says the firm has created a special campaign service which politicians can use to reach their electorates more effectively and affordably during these scientific campaigns.

“This service built on advanced artificial intelligence software includes access to contacts of voters in a candidate’s particular constituency, well mapped and targeted advertising focusing on the candidate’s constituency through various social media, customised voice and text messages all aimed at ensuring the candidate communicates directly and effectively with his electorate.

Other services that include strategy and message formulation in conjunction with the candidate’s campaign team to ensure all connects with the needs of the voters plus image management and adjustment of candidates to suit the preference of the voters.

High-quality branding and communication materials plus stakeholder engagement and media monitoring are also offered by the firm to ensure a candidate's chances of victory are almost certain Kanaabi concludes.

Huawei To Train 37 Top Seeds For The Future ICT Students

Huawei has Monday morning kicked off a one week intense seeds for the future training through online and live broadcast sessions from 7th to 11th September 2020.

Huawei is to train 37 top ICT students recommended from the various universities of Uganda in areas of Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Big Data, Cloud, Artificial intelligence and 5G related courses.

According to the Huawei Public Relations Director Mr. Gao, The training that will last one week shall be an online training where students are required to stay at home but study.

“During this one week’s program from 7th to 11th September, the students shall be trained and nurtured in the latest technological trends such as 5g and cloud computing among so many others.

We hope that the students utilize this chance to learn for free so that they can translate from seeds to trees and forests that shall be of great importance to Uganda and its ICT Sector. We shall provide them with all the necessary logistics such as data, airtime to keep online,” he said.

The seeds for the future program is Huawei’s Corporate Social Responsibility flagship program that began in 2008. This program takes 10 students every year to China for hands-on technological training in the latest industry trends. Approximately 30,000 students have taken part since inception.

But because of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the Huawei Managing director added that the company globally introduced this online study to promote continuity of the program without any boundaries and limitations.

Uganda’s deputy head of missions to China Mr. Henry Mayiga, the chief guest at the program opening ceremony on zoom noted that Seeds for the Future is an initiative China is using as a vehicle for technological transfer to the world, Africa and Uganda in particular.

“The Seeds for the Future project comes in handy to facilitate the technological transfer by way of boosting ICT Usage and capabilities in Uganda, Africa and the world at large. I can only say that Huawei is helping to further cement the superb and robust Sino-Uganda relations whose strong foundations.,” he said.

 

 

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