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Huawei Interviews Seeds For The Future ICT Aspirants

Twenty (20) ICT students aspiring to be part of this year’s Seeds for the Future program were interviewed by Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider. Thirty five students from universities like Makerere, Muni, Lira, Gulu, Busitema, Kyambogo, and Mbarara among others applied to be considered for this year’s trip to China.

Huawei will for the second year running take 10 ICT students to China as part of the global Seeds for the Future program. The Seeds for the Future program is an initiative started globally by Huawei in 2008 and in Uganda in 2015 during the President’s Official visit to China.

This program aims at developing young ICT talents all over the world through technological training and hands-on skills transfer at Huawei Headquarters in Shenzhen China. The students submitted proposals on how ICT usage can enhance Uganda’s development in thematic areas of commerce, education, agriculture, transport and health among others.

“These were interviewed by a panel of five judges from Ministry of Education & Sports, NITA and Huawei, on the basis of how their proposed ICT solutions would solve various economic challenges and how usable, how feasible, how sustainable are these to Uganda,” says Mr. Patrick Muinda, the Assistant Commissioner Information and Communication of the Ministry of Education and Sports who was also part of the five panelists who interviewed students.

Muinda also noted in the previous launch ceremony of the 2017 Seeds for the Future program at Makerere on 24th April 2017 that the Ministry of Education and Sports is a partner of the Seeds for the future program 2017. “This program was introduced to the Minister Hon. Janet Museveni earlier this year, which she welcomed and approved all the said activities and timelines to take place.

On this note I thank Huawei for allowing us to be a part and parcel of an initiative that can only add to Uganda’s education sector through knowledge transfer, enhancement of teaching and scientific research capabilities and provision of high quality courses and opportunities for hands-on practice”.

“The 10 students shall be announced at the end of May and flagged off to China for the two weeks training in Beijing and our headquarters at Shenzhen”, says Patrick Tong, Huawei’s Public Relations Director.

Tokosa Food Festival: Cooking Gas Affordable

Vivo Energy recently announced a reduction in the Shell Gas prices, a move, intended to make cooking gas affordable and improve the customer experience for Shell Gas users in Uganda.

The Shell Gas 6kg cylinder, commonly known as Ka-Portable has been reduced from UGX 200,000 to UGX 180,000 – a 10% discount. There is a new 12kg pack which will go for a lower refill price of UGX 110,000, reducing refill price by 20%.

The company has further introduced a new composite cylinder, which is more convenient and cleaner going for a refill price of 110,000. Shell Gas is currently the market leader in the cooking gas industry. It is steadily available at all service stations and distributors, currently with over 160 distribution points across the country.

The product comes in 3 packs for the Residential market and customised bulk tanks for commercial, real estate, schools and hospital users.

While speaking at the launch of the Third edition of the Shell Gas Tokosa Food festival the acting Managing Director Vivo Energy, Edward Walugembe highlighted that Shell gas is committed to protecting the environment with their environmentally friendly products. “The introduction of composite cylinders is among the key initiatives by Vivo Energy to improve the quality of service to cooking gas consumers, many of whom have given up on using charcoal and power” Said Walugembe.

In several growing markets, Liquid Petroleum Gas is slowly replacing firewood or charcoal, either as part of a programme to prevent deforestation or to reduce illness and deaths due to contamination and fire accidents. Therefore, the reduction of Shell Gas prices directs its attention to the families, allowing them to cook safely.

Uganda in particular Gas is increasingly gaining dominance as a source of cooking energy. It is slowly taking over from charcoal that has for years dominated Uganda kitchens despite its cost and inconvenience.

Kagame Ready To Work With Huawei On ICT Infrastructure

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has expressed willingness to work with Chinese ICT powerhouse Huawei to construct ICT infrastructure in the tiny East African nation. Kagame was meeting Huawei Senior Vice President Lin Ruiqi in Kigali.

The President added that the memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed between Rwandan government and Huawei is very important and the Rwandan government will strongly support Huawei to implement the MOU referred ICT infrastructure projects as soon as possible, in order to connect the Rwandan people.

Ms. Lin Ruiqi said that all the projects under the MOU have been initiated. Huawei will continue to promote the implementation of the projects and help Rwanda to enhance the regional ICT influence.

In March this year, Huawei signed an MOU with the government of Rwanda to open all-round cooperation in the ICT industry. According to the MOU, Huawei will help Rwanda in building Regional Data Centers, National Broadband, Smart Grid and Smart Education among other infrastructures to promote Rwanda to become the regional ICT Hub.

Before their meeting, as the chairman of the Smart Africa Board, Kagame hosted the 5th Smart African Board Meeting. Huawei also attended the meeting as the ICT consultant and member.

Lin Ruiqi said in her speech, "to explore the way of development in line with Africa's actual need is particularly important to African countries' digital transformation. Huawei is willing to share its successful practice in the global ICT field with African countries. With Huawei's rich experience in local operations and advanced technology, products and services, we would like to help to build a "Smart Africa".

To discuss the way to accelerate the transformation of Africa, more than 30 African heads of state, heads of government and ministers attended the meeting, including Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou, Prime Minister Patrice Trovoada of São Tomé and Príncipe, South Africa Minister of Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services Siyabonga Cwele, Nigeria Minister of Communications Adebayo Shittu, and Kenya ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru among others.

Smart Africa is an innovation coalition initiated by African heads of state, aiming at improving the overall socio-economic development of the African continent by sharing knowledge and experience, providing affordable broadband access and other ICT technologies.

 

Pru Dollar Provides Financial Security To Ugandan Families

Prudential Assurance Uganda Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of Prudential plc continues its mission to provide flexible and innovative products that promote the financial security among Ugandan families with the launch of Pru Dollar.

This product allows the customer to make monthly payments in U.S dollars for a period of 8-15 years. Whether a customer is planning for his or her child’s education, saving for a home or simply making sure their loved ones are protected, Pru Dollar hedges their savings against the risk of currency devaluation thereby preserving the value of their policy proceeds upon maturity. 

This product gives customers peace of mind that their loved ones are protected. If the customer passes away or gets permanently disabled, Prudential will immediately pay a 50 per cent lump-sum to the beneficiary and take over payments for the remaining period.

In addition, Prudential will pay out another 100% of the maturity benefit at the end of the agreed period. If no claimable event occurs, the guaranteed lump-sum (with any accrued bonuses) is paid to the insured at maturity.

The product acts as an investment plan where Prudential pools money with that of other policyholders and invests it in a range of carefully chosen assets. If the investments perform well, the customer shares in the profits via bonuses, which is declared each year and reinvested on their behalf.

Speaking at the launch recently, Arjun Mallik, CEO Prudential Uganda said “Our endeavour is to provide families with the protection and savings solutions they need to secure their financial futures, and the long-term opportunities for us in the Uganda life insurance market are immense.”

Matt Lilley, CEO of Prudential Africa added “Since we re-entered the market in 2015, our new business sales in Uganda have grown significantly from, so has the size of our team, and number of our active sales representatives. Prudential is committed to making long-term investments in Uganda so that we are able to bring the benefits of life insurance to many more people”

Speaking at the event, Sarah Mann, Deputy British High Commissioner said Prudential plc is a multinational company and one of the world’s leading life insurance brands.

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