The regional Centre of Excellence for Information and Communications Technology in East Africa (CENIT@EA) organised its second ICT4Business event on 10 September in Kampala, Uganda. Around 30 participants from the private sector met at the Uganda Manufacturing Association (UMA) to discuss their needs and requirements for digitalisation and how CENIT@EA can provide them with relevant skills, capacities and know-how for their digital transformation.
The event was co-organised by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), the East African Business Council (EABC) and the Private Sector Federation Uganda (PSFU). Opening remarks from PSFU, EABC and the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA) highlighted the need for digitalisation in the private sector and the benefits of collaboration with academia.
Dr Anael Sam from CENIT@EA introduced the participants to the benefits and trends of digitalisation for the private sector as well as to CENIT@EA. Ms Lyn Tukei from Xente Tech Ltd provided a best practice example for digitalisation, showcasing Xente’s applications in the field of online payment.
The presentations were followed by a discussion, determining jointly with the participants concrete areas for collaboration such as entrepreneurship and concrete needs of the private sector such as online trainings. It was also highlighted that CENIT@EA should improve ICT related teaching in other universities in the East African Community (EAC) through trainings for lecturers for instance.
For more information about CENIT@EA, visit www.cenit-ea.org.
For more information about EABC, visit www.eabc.info.