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Uganda’s third deputy prime minister Rt. Hon Rukia Nakadama Witnesses the Start of digitruck trainings in Busoga region.

Uganda’s third deputy Prime Minister
has today witnessed the start of DigiTruck trainings in Busoga region in
Jinja and also flagged off 17 students and their instructors to attend the
Huawei global ICT Competitions in Shenzhen China.
This project was previously launched by H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
on 8th March 2023 in Sanga Kiruhura.
The digi-truck project commenced training in Busoga Region specifically
Jinja District where it skilled and certified 80 young, youth, and the
elderly people with basic ICT Skills. This is expected to continue to
Iganga, Kamuli and other regions of Uganda. This initiative aims to
provide free digital skills training to more than 10,000 Ugandans over
three years.
The Huawei DigiTruck project will focus on providing digital literacy skills
training to youth, Jua-Kali enterprises, and women. The goal is to create
sustainable livelihood opportunities and expand the customer landscape,
allowing small businesses to provide clients with a greater range of
products and services. The training will also improve financial inclusion
through improved mobile money operations.
Speaking at the ceremony, Rt.Hon. Rukia Nakadama , appreciated
Huawei for the innovation of the mobile digital training Centre as she
acknowledged ICT as the major driver in today’s digital economy.
“Government Considers Huawei as a very strategic and important
partner in the transformation of Uganda. We also acknowledge with
appreciation to Huawei for building smart infrastructure here, such as
aiding education through ICT……,” she said.
This ceremony was attended by the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda
H.E Zhang Lizhong, Huawei Uganda’s new managing director Mr.
Sunrise, representatives from Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social
Development, Busoga Consortium which is the managing partner of the
the DigiTruck in Busoga and other local area leaders.
According to H.E Zhang Lizhong, the Chinese Ambassador to Uganda,
“Uganda is an important partner for China in Africa. The two countries
enjoy profound traditional friendship. In recent years, our political mutual
trust continues to be consolidated, the practical cooperation in all fields
yielding fruitful achievements. China wish to cooperate with Uganda
continuously to promote the Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership in
scoring new achievements.”
He added that, “the DigiTruck Project that Huawei has started in Uganda
is one of the examples of Chinese companies in Uganda performing due
social responsibilities. I hope Huawei Uganda will continue to work on
that.”
Mr. Sunrise Huawei Uganda’s new managing director encouraged the 80
trainees to use the skills acquired during the DigiTruck training to indulge
in e-commerce, sell their farm produce online and also to get jobs.
The 2022-2023 Huawei Global finalists were also flagged off today and
are to go to Shenzhen China on 21 st May. The finals are to take place
from 23 rd to 27 th May 2023. Uganda is to be represented by four teams of
three students and their teacher each from Makerere, Kyambogo and
Muni University. These finals are to be attended by approximately 48
countries of the world with over 150 teams from Southern Africa (sub-
Saharan), Northern Africa, Asia, Middle East, Europe and America.
The annual Huawei ICT Competition is a key piece of the ICT Academy
Campaign. It targets university and college students worldwide, aiming
to facilitate communication between schools, enterprises, and
governments while building a robust talent ecosystem. Through this
competition, Huawei aims to challenge the students’ ICT knowledge as
well as the practical and application skills, and ultimately, inspire
innovation with the theme of “connection, glory, future”.

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