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Nigeria’s ‘Computer Village’

And lessons on what it takes to help small firms thrive | Oluseye Jegede | Nigeria’s Otigba Computer Village is arguably the biggest information, communications technology (ICT) market in Africa. It started off as a one-man business on a street called “Otigba” in Ikeja, the capital of Lagos State. Within …

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MPs query UGX 18bn UBC revamp budget

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Budget Committee of parliament has queried the recommendation by the Information Communication and Technology Committee-ICT that Shillings 18.5 billion should be provided to complete the process of revamping the national broadcaster, Uganda Broadcasting Corporation-UBC. It came after the ICT Committee Chairperson, Annet Nyakecho …

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ICT Ministry, Microsoft sign MOU to support innovations

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) has signed a memorandum of understanding with global technology firm, Microsoft for supporting innovations in Uganda. The MOU was signed at ICT Ministry office on morning. The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of ICT Vincent Bagiire signed …

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MTN Uganda starts 20th anniversary celebrations with Expo

Kampala, Uganda | IAN KATUSIIME | MTN Uganda has started its six month long campaign to celebrate its 20th anniversary with an Expo that thrilled revellers with artiste performances, a circus, robotics, fireworks display and a special production from renowned Uganda playwright Alex Mukulu. Lillian Mbabazi, Jose Chameleone, comedian Salvador Idringi …

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Paying more to avoid a tax

What reactions to social media tax reveals about attitudes Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE | Frank Tumwebaze, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance is puzzled by the current resistance to the social media tax which his government recently introduced. “Why don’t you want to contribute to your economy?” says Minister …

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Banks demand quick reforms in insurance, ICT

Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE | Commercial banks under their umbrella organization, Uganda Bankers Association (UBA) are demanding reforms from government in key sectors of agriculture, information technology; insurance and debt repayment to enable them thrive in tough economic times. Patrick Mweheire, the chairperson of UBA and the Chief Executive, Stanbic …

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How police ICT director was pushed into resignation

kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | On Tuesday this week, the Inspector General of Police-IGP Okoth Ochola appointed Felix Baryamwisaki, the Director Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) in Uganda Police Force. Baryamwisaki took over from Amos Ngabirano whose contract expired on March 20th, 2018. Prior to the expiry of his contract, …

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New ICT policy targets telecom companies

Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE | The cost of internet and related services could soon drop further if the proposed sector broadband policy is implemented, according to the Minister of Information Technology and Communications, Frank Tumwebaze. Tumwebaze, who spoke on the sidelines of the 19th ordinary session of the African Telecommunication …

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Uganda gives 12 ICT innovators Sh2.5 billion boost

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Twelve groups of innovators have been awarded sh2.5bn ( $ 695,000) to help them go to the market. Minister of ICT and National Guidance Frank Tumwebaze handed over the support at a brief grants award ceremony held under the National ICT Initiatives Support Programme (NIISP) on …

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