Etihad Airways To Fly Vodafone Powertalks’ Winner To Abu Dhabi

One lucky business person stands a chance to win a free return ticket to Abu Dhabi, the capital of United Arab Emirates, aboard Etihad Airways, following a sponsorship partnership between superfast internet service provider Vodafone Uganda and the airline.

The lucky winner will get the opportunity to experience Abu Dhabi’s first class tourism and hospitality when Vodafone and Etihad Airways conduct a raffle draw during the 5th Edition of Vodafone PowerTalks, a forum held every quarter to empower business owners and managers with ICT skills.

Next week’s forum will be held under the theme; Leveraging Technology in Tourism: Lesson for Uganda. The PowerTalks are aimed at encouraging players in Uganda’s small and medium enterprise businesses to embrace the use of technology in their field so as to enhance their businesses and the industry.

“Uganda is fast becoming a leading tourism destination and the progressive SMEs involved in this space will have to be more innovative in the way they use technology to redesign tourism products to address individual needs, satisfy consumer wants and grow their businesses,” said Allan Richardson, the Chief Executive Officer, Vodafone Uganda, while announcing the event last week.

The forum which, will take place on July 28, 2016 at the Kampala Serena Hotel, is expected to attract over 250 Small and medium enterprise entrepreneurs, managers and ICT enthusiasts from mainly the tourism and hospitality industry including but not limited to; aviation, media, health and cultural attachés from various institutions.

The event has also attracted a number of exhibitors including; The Pearl Guide, a tour and travel mobile app, Samsung, makers of home and mobile electronics, and Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates. The airline launched its operations Uganda in 2015 and currently flies to over 400 destinations globally.

Jumia Travel Advises Hotels On Pricing

The hotel industry is tremendously growing if the number of quality hotels springing up is anything to go by however they risk stagnating the hospitality industry if they don’t price their services in a reasonably affordable manner, a travel expert mentioned it in an exclusive interview with EARTHINDS on Wednesday.

Louis Badea, the country manager of Jumia Travel, an online booking agency, explains in the interview that while there are nice lodges in national parks and quality hotels in major towns, their services are high and a turn off to even foreign visitors. “We lack middle income affordable lodges if you compare to other countries like South Africa, same for hotels especially in Kampala,” Badea said.

A Uganda Hospitality Report compiled by Jumia Travel describes Uganda as ‘a hub for tourism buzzing with different attractions all over the country’ receiving 1.24 million foreign visitors in 2014, 50% more visitors than 2007. However most of the visitors are of middle class status who are not able to pay exorbitant fees for accommodation.

The report which captures performance of the hospitality leading the first quarter of 2016 reveals that 46 percent of people who book through the web portal prefer 3 star hotels while only 7 percent check in into 5 star hotels. 31 percent prefer 2 star hotels while 17 percent and 1 percent stay at 4 star and 1 star hotels.

This says a lot about how hotels should price their services because, according to Badea, travelers look for good but affordable accommodation. He says that hotels should have amenities like WIFI internet, swimming pool, air conditioned, good rooms and transport for client’s easy mobility around town or parks.

The reports also captures statistics explaining why clients choose a particular hotel. This being a technology era, 37 percent of customers consider availability of WIFI internet before booking into a hotel. Coming in second is swimming pool with 26 percent of clients preferring a hotel with a swimming pool probably to cool whenever they want.

Other amenities travelers consider are bed and breakfast (17 percent), AC (15 percent) and transport (5 percent). “If the hotel doesn’t provide these services then there is quite a problem.” Badea warns. Close to 800 Ugandan hotels are listed on Jumia Travel web portal and can also be accessed through a mobile App.

Shortage Of Energy Resources Fueling Charcoal Burning

The lack of alternative energy sources is the leading factor why Ugandans continue to descend on forests to cut down trees to collect firewood and burn charcoal, the executive director of National Environment Management Authority, Dr. Tom Okurut confessed.

Dr. Okurut was speaking on Tuesday during a meeting where the Authority hosted three ministers from Ministry of Water and Environment. Sam Cheptoris, the Minister for Water and Environment, and his deputies Ronald Kibule in charge of water and Maria Gorreti in charge of environment were on a familiarization tour of the statutory body.

Uganda's main source of energy is biomass acquired from national resources like tress and other fossils. Burning of renewable resources provides approximately 90 percent of the energy in Uganda because it is affordable, readily available unlike alternatives like electricity and solar.

Charcoal, a solid black substance got after burning tree logs, is most used domestically to cook, provide heat and light, in rural and urban areas. The demand for charcoal increases every day as population and urbanization continues to grow. This has resulted into climate challenges like global warming.

To revert the challenge, Dr. Okurut said they are working with local government across the country to reduce the cutting down of trees to get charcoal. This is proving to be a remedy in northern Uganda where success is being registered in Otuke district.

‘In Otuke, cutting down of trees has gone down by 80%.” Dr. Okurut told the ministers inside the Authorities boardroom. He blamed the burning of charcoal on lack of alternative energy sources like solar or electricity. He said while the citizens want charcoal for their daily lives, the process ‘should be done in a sustainable manner.

The state minister for water Ronald Kibuule asked NEMA to put in place regional offices to help in environment conservation including reducing the cutting down of trees to get charcoal. He vouched for NEMA to start a tree planting crusade. “Let us not just talk about charcoal burners but also encourage planting of trees.” he told NEMA.

Cheptoris, the Minister of Water and Environment, in his speech, said that the Authority should increase sensitization so that people are educated. “Make sure people understand and appreciate the action you are taking.” He advised.

Alternative sources of energy

The mainstream alternative source of energy is hydroelectricity and solar but the two are expensive and not readily available in rural areas. The coverage of electricity in Uganda still remains in major towns however the demand for electricity has been growing at an average of 10% per annum which government is struggling to meet leading to dramatic load shedding.

Uganda has installed hydro electricity supply of about 800MW but this will grow to about 4,356MW by 2035. Government is undertaking a number of big and small hydro power projects across the country to increase supply and meet demand. 

The level of solar energy utilization in Uganda is still very low. The use of solar is mainly driven by donor-funded programmes for lighting and vaccine refrigeration in health centers and rural schools. Domestic use is also picking up in rural areas as forest are depleted. The cost and maintenance of solar panels is an impediment.

Other alternatives to get include thermal power, oil and natural gas, wind energy, cogeneration, fossil fuels and biomass among others. Both government and private investors are injecting money to generate energy at a cheaper cost. Once realized this reduced the burden on natural resources but most especially forests and preserve the environment.

Can Technology Incentivize Tourism Growth In Uganda?

Telecommunication services provider Vodafone Uganda will at the fifth edition of the Vodafone Power Talks provide a platform at which Ugandans will discuss how best they can use technology to market the country’s tourism sector locally and internationally.

The fifth edition of its empowerment forum under the theme, Leveraging Technology in Tourism: Lessons for Uganda, will take place on July 28, 2016 at the Kampala Serena Hotel. Vodafone Uganda’s Chief Executive Officer Allan Richardson said the meeting will feature success stories from the East African region.

Richardson also said the meeting will focus on identifying new and better digital marketing platforms that can be adopted by various players in the tourism and hospitality industry to boost both the country’s image and deliver better investment returns for their businesses.

“Uganda is fast becoming a leading tourism destination and the progressive SMEs involved in this space will have to be more innovative in the way they use technology to redesign tourism products to address individual needs, satisfy consumer wants and grow their businesses,” says Allan Richardson.

“There are a lot of lessons we can learn from the region and I am confident that our experienced panelists will be sharing exciting ideas and insights during this forum,” he added. 

With technology, the world has turned into a global village and the internet has fast become the universal source of information for billions of people. This quarterly forum is designed to inspire Ugandans to harness the transformative power of technologies for growth at individual and business level.

The panelists for this edition include; Steven Asiimwe, the Executive Director Uganda Tourism Board, Amos Wekesa, the Director of Great Lakes Africa Safaris, Kelley McTavish, the Executive Director of Pearl of Africa Tours, Belinda Namutebi, the iBrand Chief Brand Custodian, Phillip Kalibwami, the Director of Pearl Guide and Rosette Chantal Rugamba, the founder and Managing Director of Songa Africa based in Rwanda.

All delegates participating in the forum will be entered into a raffle draw with the chance to win a return ticket to Abu Dhabi, where the winner will experience the warmth of traditional Arabian hospitality, courtesy of Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates.

Recently, Uganda was named the second best honeymoon destination by the Huffington Post, a globally recognized online blog and news aggregator, hinting at the global attention that the country has received over the past few years leading to a booming market.

According to recent National Budget revelations, tourism contributes US$ 2.5 billion to Uganda’s GDP and approximately USD 1.5 billion in foreign exchange earnings annually. This translates to 9% of national output and 26% of export earnings.

The forum is expected to attract over 250 SME entrepreneurs, managers and ICT enthusiasts from mainly the tourism and hospitality industry and others including; aviation, media, health and cultural attachés.

Sheraton Hotel Hosts Muslim At Iftar Diner

Just a week into Ramadan, the Kampala Sheraton Hotel organized a splendid Iftar diner for its Muslim clients. The diner was held to thank the Muslims for the continued support to the hotel and to also wish them a fruitful fasting period.

While addressing the guests at Kampala Sheraton hotel in Victoria Restaurant, the General Manager, Kampala Sheraton Hotel Mr. Jean-Philippe Bittencourt encouraged the Muslims to keep up with the good spirit of brotherhood as they observe this Ramadan.

He further thanked them for the immeasurable support to the Sheraton hotel their respective organizations and as individuals and also encouraged them to work as a team for peace and unity to be realized.

The diner was attended by clients from various organizations and industries with a guest profile ranging from managers, ambassadors, business people, media personalities to mention but a few together with their spouses.

A wide spread of food and soft drinks were served to the guests. The guests were first ushered in to separate dedicated rooms for prayers and the guests then proceeded to the main dining area to break their fast for the day.

“As is part of Sheraton Kampala’s corporate value, we aim to respect all religions, races and disciplines, and we are holding this Iftar diner is to symbolize this and emphasize the fact that everyone is equally welcome at the Sheraton.

In the coming days we shall also hold a very special Iftar Dinner for about 400 Muslim children from disadvantaged backgrounds – this being one of our CSR initiatives and a way for the Hotel to give back to society.”

“Thank you all for respecting the Holy Month of Ramadan and making a point to fast, and we encourage all our clients to come and break their fast at Sheraton Kampala’s Paradise Restaurant where we have a very special Iftar corner accompanied by a lavish buffet every Monday through to Saturday. Concluded Mr. Bittencourt.

Development Should Not Be At Expense Of Environment – NEMA

The commemoration of World Environment Day reignited the need for mankind to be mindful of how they use natural resources. The World Environment Day was celebrated across the world with a call for humanity to do all that is in their means to protect the environment.

In Uganda, the World Environment Day was celebrated in Gulu, northern Uganda under the theme Conserve Wildlife, Sustain Livelihoods. To put the seriousness of the challenge at hand, Flavia Nabugera Munaaba, the Minister of State for Environment, said the decline in total forest cover was at an average of 89,000 ha per annum for the period 1990 to 2005.

The World Environment Day celebrations in Gulu attracted officials from UNDP, government minister and officials and the private sector

This has mainly been brought about by human activities.  The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) of Gulu Capt. Sam Okot speaking at the celebrations said one of the biggest environmental problems is charcoal burning & timber harvesting. "Timber cutting is at a higher level, there is need to sensitize people to plant trees to keep the environment in upstate."

He advised that there is need to employ more police officers to protect the natural resources from being tampered with. The other challenge that was widely discussed was the lost wetlands. It was agreed that there is need to work with the local government, so as to fight encroachment on wetlands and restore all the wetlands hence preserve the eco system at large. Animal poaching is another danger at hand.

A man walks away with a tree seedling given to him by Uganda's Little Hands Go Green team

This year’s celebration kicked off on 3rd June with a number of activities being undertaken by National Environment Authority (NEMA), National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) and partner Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green. There activities involved members of communities planting trees in major towns on the Gulu highway. The communities are taking significant efforts in conserving the wildlife.

Uganda’s Little Hands Go Green, an organization that teaches children about environment conservation teamed up with their partners and cleaned Gulu town. They also gave away thousands of trees to residents living in major towns enroute to Gulu.

Members of Uganda's Little Hands Go Green cleaning Gulu town ahead of the World Evironment Day which tool place in Gulu on 5 June

Onesimus Muhwezi, Team Leader, Energy and Environment, UNDP Uganda, who represented the UN Resident Representative to Uganda noted that 'together we can ensure that our environment is sufficient for us and our Children' adding the ‘it is vital for every one of us to fight and condemn illegal trade in wildlife.’ He warned against the illegal trade in wildlife because it will have significant national & economic effects.

The Executive Director of the National Environmental Management Authority, Dr. Tom Okurut implored that Uganda as a country shouldn't seek development at the expense of the environment. “We must seek for sustainable development,” Dr Okurut said.

Five Trends That Make Cities Safer

Rapid urbanization has made public safety a top priority of city governance. Governments worldwide recognize that urban safety plays a vital role in protecting people’s lives and property, and is the cornerstone of economic growth in modern cities.

To make cities smarter and safer, they are adopting innovative information and communications technologies (ICT) designed to prevent and react to evolving threats. Safety risks can be effectively addressed by leading new ICT, particularly Wireless Broadband, Cloud Computing, and Big Data.

Ms. Rose Moyo, the Director of Enterprise Wireless Solutions of Huawei in East and Southern Africa shared the following five trends which Safe City Solutions can be driven at the KCCA East and Central African Cities development Forum at Speke Resort Munyonyo.

 Internet of Things: Comprehensive Situational Awareness, Intelligent Protection

Video surveillance systems are essential to enable Safe Cities by providing live and recorded videos at key locations. Safety agencies can analyze the videos to predict potential risks, and take appropriate measures to prevent incidents before they occur. When an incident happens, safety agencies can access and watch recorded videos to find valuable insights for handling the incident quickly and safely. 

Video is a collection of people, vehicles, and environments based on image sensing technologies. However, video collection alone can no longer adapt to increasingly complex environments. Government agencies need a holistic Safe City system that capitalizes on a variety of sensors and smart technologies to facilitate comprehensive situational awareness and intelligent protection via the Internet of Things (IoT). 

A holistic Safe City system covers a wide range of areas including residential communities, banks, postal offices, roads, and vehicles. At key locations, such as airports and metro stations, the Safe City system can adopt state-of-the-art IoT technologies to perform data collection, wireless communications, and tracking and analysis, achieving comprehensive security protection. 

Video Cloud Storage: Large-Scale Video Networking and Sharing

According to IMS Research, more than 56 million cameras were shipped in 2014 alone, generating over 1,600 PB videos on a daily basis. Government agencies are facing significant challenges in managing and using this immense amount of data, such as:

  • Sharing and searching vast amounts of data in traditional ways is time-consuming, inefficient, and challenging across agencies and regions.
  • Video reliability is compromised by non-professional storage methods. Valuable videos may be lost or corrupted, negatively influencing case clearance efficiency. 

Siloed video storage system architecture hinders video usage efficiency and reliability, and needs rethinking. One effective solution is video cloud architecture, which uses cloud storage technologies to enable large-scale video networking and sharing.

Wireless Broadband Trunking: Prompt and Accurate Emergency Response

Effective cross-agency resource scheduling and unified command are critical for prompt and accurate emergency response. To achieve this, government agencies urgently need a unified wireless communications platform that converges video, voice, and data services for unified dispatching, accurate decision-making, and efficient command. 

Today, narrowband digital trunking is evolving to broadband multimedia trunking with a focus on 4G Long-Term Evolution (LTE). LTE broadband trunking delivers a downstream bandwidth of 100 Mbit/s and an upstream bandwidth of 50 Mbit/s to achieve real-time video transmission.

Its latency and security also comply with professional standards and adapt to industry-specific scenarios. When a public safety incident occurs, a broadband trunking system allows first responders to receive videos from, send on-site videos back to, and join a video conference with the command center, drastically improving emergency response accuracy and efficiency. 

Converged Command Center: Efficient Emergency Response 

A command center functions as the central system that coordinates police, fire, and medical departments for unified actions. A traditional command center is challenged in the following ways:

  • Lack of on-site videos impedes decision-making accuracy of the command center.
  • Different agencies have different communication systems making cross-agency information sharing and service collaboration challenging. 

To address these challenges, a future-ready command center must integrate diverse systems to achieve service interoperability and information sharing:

  • By interoperating with on-site video collection, broadband trunking, and conferencing systems, the command center implements real-time video sharing and stays informed of on-site conditions.
  • The interoperability of cross-system terminals facilitates unified voice and video conferencing across agencies, enhancing collaboration and decision-making efficiency.
  • A converged command center will broadly use voice, video, and data services for accurate, efficient decision-making. 

Big Data Analytics: Scientific Command, Rapid Response

With the continuous development of Safe City systems, government agencies are concerned about how to use and manage a growing number of devices, data, and application resources. Big Data technology opens up new possibilities for efficient data searches, analysis, storage, and usage.

The technology helps police officers analyze behaviors, movements, and social relationships of suspects, and identify their biological features. By doing so, police officers can make effective decisions in scheduling police forces and rapidly responding to emergencies. 

As cities continue to develop, government agencies are under pressure to ensure public safety. The priority of Safe City development is shifting from site deployment to intelligent management. Innovative ICT is helping government agencies to strengthen safety management capabilities and make cities safer. 

These Safe City Solutions have been widely deployed across the globe by Huawei a leading global ICT solutions provider. For example, Huawei helped Kenya improve public safety by establishing safe city systems consisting of a Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) system, broadband trunking eLTE, video surveillance, and intelligent analysis (license plate recognition and traffic violation detection).

According to Kenya’s annual police report, the crime rate in the regions covered by the system declined by 46 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year. In particular, the solution played a vital role in ensuring the safety of Pope Francis during his visit to Kenya on November 26, 2015. 

Huawei has successfully implemented solutions worldwide to help build greater levels of Public Safety for more than 100 cities in more than 30 countries serving more than four hundred million citizens.

Uganda's Little Hands Go Green, NEMA Tie Up World Environment Day Partnership

As the world prepares to celebrate the World Environment Day, Uganda's Little Hands Go Green and National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) are teaming up to drive awareness, excitement and  sensitize Ugandans about conservation of the environment.

World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on 5 June to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. Uganda will however celebrate it a day later, on Monday 6th June, in Gulu district under the theme "Conserve Wildlife, Sustain Livelihoods."

World Environment Day activations will kick off on 3rd June with a appearances at Wobulenzi, Luwero, Bombo, Nakasongola, Mijera, Kafu, Kiryandongo, Bweyale and Kamdini Corner before visiting Hospitals, Markets, District Headquarters, NGO offices and people's homes on 4th June.

On 5th June activations will be taken to Watoto Church in Gulu ahead of visits to Kolo Abili Primary School, Gulu Baptist Primary School and Coch Ongaka Primary Schoo on 6th June, the day of the main celebrations.

As part of this partnership both organizations and other stakeholders will activate the entire northern corridor with activities ranging from tree planting to anti kavera sensitization and pass on environmental conservation messages. Joseph Masembe the CEO of Uganda's Little Hands Go Green said these activities will carried in all major town enroute to Gulu.

 

Uganda's Little Hands Go Green and National Environment Management Authority have in the recent past had similar partnership that have registered tremendous success. The two organizations recently organized the International Children's Climate Conference, green festivals and visits to schools where pupils have been taught how to care for the environment.

Ill will On Fossil Fuels Break Loose

Things begin falling apart as NASA announces 2016 is hottest year in recorded history. So the threat of climate change proves soaring enough to move countries to break the ice. Here begins a story of men and women standing erect through manmade pains facing the changing planet. Thousands of whom have emptied sorrows to the streets or coal quarries or oil terminals in May 2016 sampling a united will to get rid of dirty energy once and for all.

History may just be rewritten. But the half thrilling and half intimidating side of the truth will forever echo the curse of dirty energy lobby as among the most impossible dystopian illusion of this generation. When the globe finally cools, the battle is successful. When extinction approaches, will the oil industry have planet ‘B’?

Whether or not climate activism is the cup of tea here, the dark past of climate denial, by all standards have bred about 0.04% (400 parts per million) carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, many times higher than 400,000 years ago.

Fossil fuel companies bigger than monsters have bankrolled anti-climate change philosophies; climate activists – as meek as lambs of God are being arrested…the list is endless, but the most recent illogical treatment is the arrests of nearly 60 advocates protesting Keystone pipeline in the US. So confirms the saying: “change is painful but inevitable.”

Equally, it might hurt world governments to give up oil wells for the public wellbeing. But the pains and wretchedness resulting from extreme weather conditions such as ill-health, including those caused by droughts, floods, food insecurity and inundation from rising seas is even much long bottled in communities around the world.

Even oil industry knew of 'serious' climate concerns more than 45 years ago. In fact, researchers warned American Petroleum Institute in 1968 how the release of carbon dioxide from fossil fuels could eventually lead to ‘worldwide environmental changes.’

Despite this good faith, they chose to pay a deaf ear, that’s why things had to fall apart. Some did the opposite – trying to challenge climate change science – with illicit documentations. Further evidence unveils that American Petroleum Institute, the peak body for the oil industry in the US, knew about the dangers of climate change at least 20 years before the issue was brought into mainstream public discourse via the former Nasa scientist James Hansen.

The then influential world leaders like the US president Lyndon Johnson also received an early cautioning about climate change, with scientists explaining the mechanism of the greenhouse effect as early as 1965.

For how long could any such delicate matter be hidden? Not too long! With the final blow being the latest Nasa’s thermometers reading global average temperatures as ‘soaring at 1.28C’ as of March above the average from 1951-1980, while February was 1.34C higher, dangerous tipping points, an irreversible benchmark could be crossed.

Climate change is usually crosschecked over years and decades, but even scientists have been struck by the recent unprecedented temperatures. Furthermore, annual heat records have been also breaking records, with 2015 demolishing the record set in 2014 for the hottest year seen, in data stretching back to 1850.

Prof Michael Mann, a climate scientist who spends most of his time between shelves and laboratories of Penn State University also became agile-tonged about March data by saying: “Wow. I continue to be shocked by what we are seeing.” He said the world had now been hovering close to the threshold of “dangerous” warming for two months, something not seen before.”

“The [new data] is a reminder of how perilously close we now are to permanently crossing into dangerous territory,” Mann said. “It underscores the urgency of reducing global carbon emissions.”

As such terrifying facts unfold; the fossil fuel business seems dragging towards hell, with sharp losses resulting from steep price drops. Alternatively, exemplary investors like Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is divesting its heavily invested holding in BP.

The weights “breaking” dangerous fossil fuels is the most courageous wave of actions challenging business as usual across the world. Motivated by an ever strengthening, ever stretching effort to achieve 100% renewable energy, breakfree campaign resounds the knell that spelled fossil fuels at the close of COP21.

In the UK, the campaign had the country’s largest open-cast coal mine shut over 12 hours. While in the Philippines, over 10,000 people marched in Batangas city demanding the cancellation of the proposed 600 – megawatt coal powered plant in Barangay Pinamucan.

All signals indicate greener earth and a brighter future will lean on the raptures of renewable energy miracles that must shatter the bondage of carbon dioxide emissions nuclear energy price competitions built from the cradles civilization to the present moment.

To harness the moment, activists and concerned citizens committed to addressing climate change—from international groups to local communities to individual citizens— are united to maintain grips to force energy providers, as well as local and national governments, to steer towards a renewable future through investing in wind and solar energy.

This enviable cause justifies the discharge of thousands of men and women showing the world a glimpse into wrecking resistance through solidarity hard for politicians foster. Each action was unique: from the coal fields of UK, to the oil wells of Nigeria, to defiant actions against new coal power plant in Indonesia and the Philippines -- and many places beyond but all echoes one sound: stop polluting our ecosystem! End fossil fuels. And now.

In order to address the present-day climate crisis, fossil fuel projects need to be shelved and existing infrastructure needs to be replaced now that renewable energy is more affordable and widespread than ever before. The only way to achieve this is by keeping coal, oil and gas in the ground and accelerating the just transition to 100 percent renewable energy.

 

By Boaz Opio

Environmental Writer, Kampala Uganda.

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Huawei Uganda, KCCA For Africa Mayors Forum

Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, to partner with KCCA for Africa Mayors’ Forum known as the East and Central African Cities Development Forum. 

The three day African Cities’ Development forum to be held by KCCA at Speke Resort Munyonyo from 24th to 26th of May 2016 is to attract hundreds of high-level audience, mayors, scholars, research institutes, enterprises and private sectors to participate and discuss extensive topics like realizing UN sustainable development goals, delivering great 21st Century African Cities, safety and securities in Cities and financing infrastructure investment in African Cities among others. 

Huawei Uganda to deliver Keynote address on how to promote Smart City and Safe City in African Cities such as Kampala in order to cut down crime. 

“With our 18 years of experience within Africa’s ICT industry, coupled with our extensive industry global network, Huawei is well positioned to share the best practices and latest ICT solutions. Huawei has a presence in most of the 54 African countries where it works closely with telecom operators to modernize their respective networks and with governments to support ICT infrastructure deployment and digital transformation practice. We know that our insight in Smart City and security in African cities shall give an end to end solution for crime in Africa,” says Mr. Stanley Chyn the Managing Director of Huawei Uganda. 

According to Mr. Stanley Chyn, Huawei is to exhibit virtually to the attendees how its Smart City and Safe City solution can be incorporated in African Cities’ already existing infrastructure to cut crime, manage traffic and surveillance among others. The Prime Minister of Uganda Rt. Honorable Ruhakana Rugunda is going to open the East and Central African Cities Development Forum in Munyonyo.

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