President Yoweri Museveni on Monday inaugurated a 32-member team of experts picked from different sectors to spearhead Uganda’s journey in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The team which the ICT and National Guidance Minister Frank Tumwebaze codenamed National expert task force on Emerging Technologies is to be supervised by the Office of the Prime Minister and the ICT Ministry.
According to Tumwebaze, “the task force will study the country’s chain of technology and advise us on how best we can harness the emerging technologies for development.”
“This task force will guide us on whether we need to change our ways of teaching in schools or we need adult literacy in digital information,” he added.
Some of the notable names on the team are former Works and ICT Minister and engineer John Nasasira, who will head the team; Jackie Ochola, the country director of Andela Uganda; Prof. Mary Okwakol, the chairperson of UNEB; Dr. Fredrick Kitoogo, the director Planning and Research Development at NITA-U and Arinaitwe Rugyendo, a director at Pepper Publications Limited.
Other members on the Fourth Industrial Revolution team are:
Mr. Vincent Bagiire, Permanent Secretary Ministry of ICT and National Guidance
Mr. Obong O.O, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation
Prof. Tony Oyana, Principal Makerere University College of Computing
Dr. John Okonzi, Director of ICT and Services at Kyambogo University
Dr. Twinemanzi Tumbweine, Executive Director of the Bank Supervention Directorate of the Bank of Uganda
Dr. Paula Sanchis, Manager United Nations Pulse Lab, Kampala
Mrs. Rashmi Pillai, Director of Programmes at Financial Sector Deeping Uganda
Mr. Kwame Rugunda, Chairman Blockchain Association Uganda
Eng. Irene Kaggwa, Director for Engineering and Infrastructure, UCC
Mrs. Vivian Ddambya, Director of Technical Services, NITA-U
Mr. Noah Baalessanvu, Chairman National Information Security Advisory Group
Mr. Robert Kirunda, Kirunda and Wasige &Co. Advocates (Partner)
Mrs. Doreen Agaba, Satellite Technology (Expert)
Mr. Michael Nyitegeka, Clarke International University, (Director Tech Academy)
Mrs. Angela Ssemwogerere, Media Challenge Initiative, (Chairman)
Mrs. Grace Baguma, National Curriculum Development Centre (Director)
Mr. Patrick Mulnda, Ministry of Education and Sport (Ass. Comm. Inform.)
Mr. Julius Torach, Ministry of ICT & NG, (Commissioner Information Technology)
Mr. Paul Busharizi, a reporter at The New Vision
Mr. Giles Muhame, managing editor at ChimpReports
Mrs. Carol Alyek Beyanga, Managing Editor of the Daily Monitor
Mrs. Carol Muyama from Uganda Media Centre
Ms. Joyce Bagala, a journalist at NBS TV
Mr. Awel Uwihanganye from Government Citizen Interaction Centre
Mr. Duncan Abigaba from Government Citizen Interaction Center
Mr. Akbar Kanyesigye from Government Citizen Interaction Center