200 SMEs to be empowered at ICT forum

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) offering ICT services are to be empowered through ‘Vodafone PowerTalks’ forum- an initiative by Vodafone Uganda aimed at bringing together key players in the ICT ecosystem to share knowledge and experiences on the transformative power of ICT forum- to be held on April 24 in Kampala.
Announcing the first in a series of events last week, Vodafone Uganda’s new Chief Executive Officer, Mr Allan Richardson said the forum would redefine the way owners of SMEs in Uganda view and interact with the internet.

“This is a deliberate effort to create a more internet ‘literate’ Uganda by proactively engaging, challenging, educating entrepreneurs on the transformative power of the internet as well as differentiating our offering,” he said and added, “Vodafone is passionate about people and what technology can do for them. As such this forum is critical to engage and learn about best practices in ICT and how these can be leveraged to empower businesses in becoming more efficient, effective and globally competitive.
Mr Richardson further noted that given the new digital era where the internet has manifested itself as a very powerful tool that has the ability to change not only the way we communicate but also do business.

“The internet has turned the world into a global village and has become the universal source of information for billions of people, at home, at school, and at work. It is therefore important that every Ugandan embraces the internet. This forum is designed to inspire majority of Ugandans to utilize the internet and related technologies to power their business to the next level of growth.”
The forum is expected to attract over 200 SME entrepreneurs, managers and ICT enthusiasts from industries including telecoms, banking, education, media, health, engineering and medicine. The theme of the premiere forum is ICT: A World of Endless Possibilities for Your Business.

A panel of thought leaders from different business sectors has been lined up.
“I am looking forward to sharing ideas and experiences with the diverse audience at the forum. I believe this is a great opportunity for us all to share and learn about the new digital age and how technology transforms many businesses,” Mr Michael Niyitegeka, the Vice Chairman ICT Association of Uganda.

Vodafone Uganda launched its commercial operations in Uganda on February 9, 2015 offering both voice and 4G LTE high-speed data services. Vodafone’s 4G high-speed data services are currently available in Kampala and Entebbe with plans to expand its 4G footprint to other towns in Uganda. Vodafone Uganda is part of the global telecoms group Vodafone which has mobile operations in 26 countries and partners with mobile networks in 54 more, including the largest footprint of 4G networks across Europe.

SOURCE: Daily Monitor


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