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UGANDA AIMS TO NURTURE COMPETITIVE SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS

KAMPALA-- Uganda hopes to build a critical mass of globally competitive software developers in the coming few years to enable the country to tap into the growing software-based economy.

This follows the launch of Andela Uganda, a technology company, which that seeks to train and empower Ugandans to build globally competitive software development skills and position the country to harness the new software-based economy which is driving development.

The launch comes at a time when organizations in Uganda are increasingly using a variety of software and information technology (IT) tools to maximise their potential and ensure efficient service delivery.

Experts indicate that software skills have expanded beyond IT industries to other sectors like manufacturing, health, education and agriculture, resulting in faster expansion of jobs in the software industry globally than in other occupations.

Andela Uganda country director Jackie Ochola says the firm, which also operates in Kenya and Nigeria, seeks to combat the shortage of software development skills on the continent by selecting and training the most talented developers and set itself at the forefront of Africa's technological disruption.

Africa has an untapped talent-pool at a time when companies around the world are looking for skilled engineers; we will help global companies access untapped talent in software development across Africa to facilitate the shift to a digital economy, she says.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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