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MTN Foundation launches MTN Skills Academy to empower youth.

MTN Foundation launches MTN Skills Academy to empower youth.

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MTN Uganda's corporate social responsibility arm, the MTN Foundation, has announced the launch of the MTN Skills Academy. This innovative online platform is designed to empower Uganda's youth and bridge the digital divide. In partnership with key stakeholders, including the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, the National ICT Innovation Hub, American Tower Cooperation (ATC), and Huawei, the MTN Skills Academy which is aligned with Uganda's National Development Plan III, Digital Vision 2040 and the National Digital Transformation Roadmap aims to provide access to digital and financial skills training for youth in Uganda and across the African continent as a catalyst for job creation and increased employment opportunities. Speaking at the launch event held at the ATC Digital Community in ...
MTN to buy one million Ugandan manufactured smartphones.

MTN to buy one million Ugandan manufactured smartphones.

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MTN Uganda has pledged to support local assembly and manufacturing of smartphones by purchasing one million handsets. Smartphone penetration is still below 40% in the country and lowering the cost of handsets will go a long way to improve overall penetration. Speaking at the second Uganda – South Africa Trade and Investment summit in Munyonyo, Mcebisi Hubert Jonas, the MTN Group chairman said the telecom company will be supporting a local smart phone assembly factory. He said: “In the near future we will procuring a million handsets from that factory to ensure that it is viable and that it survives.” He added: “So we can say without any fear of contradiction that this conference has been very successful. I think that there is a great appreciation of the institutional quality in Uganda. ...
MTN applauds Uganda for stable and predictable policy.

MTN applauds Uganda for stable and predictable policy.

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Yolanda Cuba, the MTN Uganda Vice President for South and Eastern Africa has commended government of Uganda for putting in place a stable and predictable policy environment as she delivered opening remarks at the second Uganda – South Africa Trade and Investment Summit in Munyonyo, Kampala. She said government appreciates that the private sector must get return on investment. “In most countries, they roll out the red carpet. Then, they roll out the red tape. But Uganda appreciates that we must get return on investment. If there is an agreement, it gets honored and that’s important for business,” Cuba said. “She added: “Uganda was our third market to launch into when we were starting to roll out. Today, there are 18 million Ugandans connected to our voice and data services and ther...
Ministers giving excuses about their absence from Parliament sessions.

Ministers giving excuses about their absence from Parliament sessions.

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On Wednesday, the Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among, was forced to prematurely adjourn the House due to the absence of government Ministers. Among expressed her disappointment upon realizing that not one of the 83 ministers had shown up to address the day’s inquiries. As you can see, this session has been left unattended, and we are left questioning the presence of our Ministers. How can we conduct the business of the House? Our Members have pressing issues, and without the Ministers, it becomes increasingly challenging,” she remarked. In an effort to address the persistent issue of absenteeism, Speaker Among announced her intention to engage in discussions with the Executive (President Museveni) to ensure that legislative business no longer grinds to a halt. “I am uncertain if we can con...
President Museveni to address the nation on security matters tonight.

President Museveni to address the nation on security matters tonight.

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President Museveni has been asked to use tonight’s address to assure the public that the security forces are able to handle the current situation in the country. Solomon Asiimwe, a security expert and lecturer of International Relations at Nkumba University, says the president’s address should answer why there are such threats in the first place. According to the Presidential Press Unit, the president is this evening expected to address the nation on security matters and other issues of national importance. The president’s address comes days after revelations by the police that they had recovered and detonated about six Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDS) in Kampala before they caused harm to the public. The recovery of the IEDs saw police issue a terror alert on Monday this week, urging t...
MTN Uganda delivers on promise to President Yoweri Museveni, successfully mobilizes South African investors to invest in Uganda.

MTN Uganda delivers on promise to President Yoweri Museveni, successfully mobilizes South African investors to invest in Uganda.

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MTN Uganda has fulfilled President Yoweri Museveni's call to action, rallying South African investors to explore opportunities in Uganda. This remarkable achievement follows the successful conclusion of the second leg of the Uganda-South Africa summit, held at the prestigious Speke Resort, Munyonyo. In February of this year, during the first leg of the Uganda-South Africa trade and investment summit in South Africa, President Museveni issued an impassioned appeal to MTN and other South African businesses operating in Uganda. He urged them to collaborate in attracting more South African companies to invest in Uganda, particularly in the critical sectors of Agro-Industrialization, manufacturing, and tourism. The objective was clear: to bolster the Ugandan economy, create new employment oppor...
God has a word for Uganda -Sinach.

God has a word for Uganda -Sinach.

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Sinach, the renowned gospel artist, is set to ignite the spirit of worship in Uganda once again at the Lugogo Hockey Grounds this Friday. With her melodious voice and powerful lyrics, she promises an unforgettable night in the presence of God. Speaking on her arrival on Wednesday afternoon at Entebbe airport, Sinach said that this event is extra special because it brings not only new music but also a divine message tailored for Uganda. Sinach eagerly anticipates God's presence and his word to manifest among the attendees, under the starry Ugandan sky, she expressed her excitement, saying, "It's amazing being in Uganda, and I am so excited for Friday. Come, let's have a good time in the presence of God." Sinach believes in the power of God's word and how it can be a formidable weapon aga...