The Ministry of ICT and National Guidance Permanent Secretary, Vincent Bagiire has hailed Chinese company, Huawei for its efforts in helping Uganda develop its human capital.
Bagiire made the remarks on Monday during a function at which the Chinese company awarded three students who represented Uganda at the Huawei ICT global competition Africa stage where they took the first position and will represent Africa at the global stage next year in China.
The competition held last month covered 14 countries on the African continent and attracted over 50,000 students.
“I thank Huawei for this initiative that mobilizes Ugandans to build their capacity and skills with a view of making them ready for the market. By being ready, you take these Ugandans and give them the necessary exposure through competition for them to be able to come back home and utilized the skills they have learned,” Bagiire said.
He noted that such competitions mobilize Ugandans to build their capacity and skills with a view of making them ready for the competitive market in the world.
“As far as the ministry is concerned, developing human capital is extremely important and we look at initiatives such as these as an avenue that we can utilize to build the capacity of our ICT professionals and therefore build substantial ICT ecosystem.”
The Huawei Uganda Managing Director, Gao Fei underscored the relevance of the competition to ICT students and professionals throughout the world.
“The Huawei ICT Competition and Academy is a comprehensive approach of skills development for employment, enhanced productivity and growth. Training contents in this program has been aligned with the skills requirements in the job market. It is the reason we re-dedicate ourselves to working even more closely with universities across the country to better equip students with the next generation of technologies and create the platform for the Ugandan students to demonstrate they are capable of
maturing into world-class experts,”Gao Fei said.