For our maiden piece, we kick off with what happened in the first week of June.
ICT Uganda’s fastest growing sector
During the State of the Nation Address on Wednesday, President Yoweri Museveni said that, of the four sectors (industry, services, agriculture and ICT), the ICT sector registered the highest growth, a reflection of the country’s effort to accelerate the sector, according to the president.
President Museveni, at the same event, said that more support towards the sector would be revealed in the coming days by the relevant ministers.
MTN, Kabumba begin discussions
A few days ago, we reported that telecom operator MTN Uganda was embroiled in a social media storm after one of its clients was perturbed by some of its mobile money service policies.
The issue, which even attracted attention of the communications regulator, is now starting to draw a ray of hope, as Dr. Busingye Kabumba announced earlier this week that the dialogue between him and MTN officials, including the company’s chief executive officer, Wim Vanhellepute had kicked off.
I am glad to report that representatives of the #MTNMweddeko platform today had a very constructive initial engagement with @mtnug CEO @wimMTNUG and @mtnug Customer Service Manager. It was agreed to have continue the engagement, geared towards REAL policy review, in mid-June. pic.twitter.com/Kxr7HfeU9K
— Dr Busingye Kabumba (@bkabumba) June 8, 2018
Ugandans in Forbes
Uganda recently received good news after four of her innovators were listed among the 90 Africans that featured in the 2018 Forbes Africa 30 under 30 cohort.
Covering the three fields of technology, creatives and business, the list named Nataliey Bitature, Coutinho Kemiyondo, Gillian Abe Stacey and Kevin Lubega as entrants from Uganda.
Uber Eats coming to Uganda
SautiTech, in an exclusive interview with Uber Uganda’s country team leader, confirmed that the app will be rolling out its e-food delivery services in Uganda.
That is not the only thing; Uber also rolled out some new promotions which you can also learn about from here.
SafeBoda, Taxify rivalry deepens
Demo Africa in Kampala
Kampala will tomorrow (Monday) host the first Demo Africa tour. 2018 Demo Africa Innovation Tours will rotate in other ten African cities, namely: Kigali, Nairobi, Gaborone, Harare, Cairo, Tunis, Casablanca, Lagos, Accra and Yaounde.
Local innovators modernise poultry farming
Innovators in Kampala have developed a machine that helps poultry farmers to produce food for their chicken in a short time. We did a feature story about it.
Zambia to register WhatsApp admin
The government of Zambia revealed earlier this week that they were planning to register WhatsApp group administrators in order to reduce on hate messages and controversial messages sent through the social media network.
Rwanda puts national currency on blockchain
The Rwandan government is among the few countries in Africa that have endorsed the blockchain technology. To cement its endorsement, they have allowed their citizens to start doing financial transactions using blockchain.
Little Ride sells a stake
Kenya’s homegrown e-hailing app has sold a huge stake of its start-up, and, according to officials, they want to use the funds to extend their footprint in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The e-hailing service is the biggest in Kenya, and they recently launched in Uganda.
Museveni: We need tracking devices in vehicles
After the passing on of the legislator Ibrahim Abiriga, President Museveni has announced that government might ask vehicle owners to buy tracking devices to help authorities in tracking and locating them.
I prefer that we use our intelligence to fight crime and I request the public to cooperate with our security agencies. Also, we might ask that all vehicles and motorcycles have tracking devices to help us locate them.
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) June 9, 2018