Uganda, Microsoft sign innovations exchange pact

Mr Sebuh Haileleul the Country manager Microsoft East Africa(R). Photo: RR

NEWSROOM (ADV) – Government of Uganda Monday signed a deal with Microsoft Corporation which will ensure collaboration between the two parties in enhancing innovation and skills in the country’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of (ICT) Information and Communications Technology, Mr Vincent Bagire Waiswa signed the deal on behalf of the government of Uganda while Mr Sebuh Haileleul the Country manager Microsoft East Africa signed on behalf of the American multinational technology company. ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze witnessed the signing.

The ICT ministry will on behalf of the government provide personnel for pilot programmes and proofs for concepts and subsequent projects whereas Microsoft will partner with academic institutions to provide content and software to prepare students for jobs for the future.

In his brief speech, Mr Haileleul, the Country manager Microsoft East Africa said they will provide the necessary tools and skills and develop technical excellence in Uganda. He added that key in rolling out the partnership will be bringing initiatives such as Microsoft’s Partner Skills Hub and identifying the correct AppFactory model for Uganda.

“We have committed to provide technical support the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance in equipping the government innovation hubs with the necessary tools and skills that will harness a 21st Century developer ecosystem in the region,” Mr Haileleul said.

The MoU that Daily Monitor has seen does not require any financial exchanges between the government and Microsoft during its implementation but it indicates that each party will be responsible for its own costs and expenses where necessary.

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