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ICT players in Uganda are set to reap big from their sweat when the prestigious “African ICT Achievers Award” is launched in the Country early October this year.

The initiative coordinated by FORGEAHEAD and RSA Department of Communications, will see Broadcast and Telecommunication Companies, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), ICT Training Institutions, Computer Companies and individuals gain recognition and rewarded on the African Continent.

Seventeen categories await ICT active players on the African continent, where Uganda stakeholders will be brought on board, nominating desired Organisations and personalities immediately after the launch in October 2006.

This was announced by the President of Uganda Media and Research Foundation (UMERFO), Gilbert Busuulwa at Entebbe Airport immediately after a two-week long visitation to South Africa where he met Public and Private Organizations’ Chief Executive Officers with an aim of creating partnerships in ICT-led projects ahead of CHOGM in November 2007. UMERFO will coordinate the African ICT Achievers Award in Uganda.

Busuulwa had an opportunity to hold talks with FORGEAHEAD Managing Director Jane Mosebi at their headquarters in Braamfontein – Johannesburg and said she was eager to include Uganda ICT players in African ICT Achievers’ Award Ceremony by herself attend the launch in Uganda to start nominations in October to pave way for the ICT award ceremony later in mid-November in Johannesburg- Republic of South Africa (RSA). Code

Mosebi revealed that the ninth prize giving ceremony will be held concurrently with the “African Business Executive Summit??? in November 23-25 2006, aiming at bringing together business leaders, influencers, policy makers, African Governments’ delegates, in order to stimulate plans of ICT opportunities in Africa.

The Summit with a theme “Making the African Century a Reality???, is formulated at high level interactive workshops where ICT business decision makers come together to find solutions to the empowerment and progress of the Youth, Women, and SMME sector. These business forums act as catalyst for further investment in ICT development, skills and capacity building and innovation across the Continent in the line of NEPAD objectives.

UMERFO will lead a powerful delegation of ICT Business Organisations and individual to RSA to attend the high profile Business Summit.

Our own Dorothy Akello of WOUGNET will deliver Uganda’s case studies on how women can use ICT to further their business objectives.

Busuulwa also addressed the 150th Anniversary of Ekurhuleni Business Initiative (EBI) at Johannesburg International Airport, the biggest Business Entrepreneurs Forum an equivalent of Private Sector Foundation – Uganda (PSFU). The Chief Executive Officer of EBI Chris van Biljon promised to lead a delegation of Business Entrepreneurs to Uganda for investment opportunities before the end of this year. Code

Later before he left RSA, he was hosted by SANGOnet Executive Director David Barnad in Braamfontein – Johannesburg who said is looking forward to meet delegation from Uganda to embrace ICT developments.

SANGOnet is the leading one stop ICT information centre, linking over sixty Civil Society Organisation’s activities on website.
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