A team of selected ICT innovators & BP0 practitioners will represent the Uganda ICT sector during the Innovation week at the Dubai Expo 2020, in March 2022.

Announcing the initiative on Monday, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of ICT & National Guidance, Dr. Aminah Zawedde said the Dubai Expo is where the youth can experience breakthrough technologies and learn about disruptive innovations

“We are committed to growing the innovators & BPO practitioners and providing growth opportunities for them. The Dubai Expo 2020 is the ‘World Cup’ of innovation & BPO, having our young people present is an opportunity we couldn’t let pass. We are committed to identifying, supporting and growing those that are plying their trade in ICT. The Dubai Expo is where they can experience breakthrough technologies and learn about disruptive innovations that we are confident, they will bring back home,” she said.

Uganda’s participation in the Dubai Expo 2020 will be an opportunity to illustrate its national aspirations in promoting digitalization, innovation and its ability to connect people.

Additionally, she said the physical presence of the innovators/BPO practitioners at the Dubai Expo will be an opportunity for marketing Ugandan innovations and position them to benefit export opportunities for the Ugandan enterprises in the global market.

The selection of the innovators that will represent Uganda will be chosen from a pool of those that express interest and respond to the national call that the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance issued on 28th January 2022, in print, digital and radio media.

The call to participate is open until 5th February 2022. The details of how one can participate can be found on the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance website.

The adjudication and award of place on Team Uganda will be done by the National BP0 and Innovation Council, led by Prof. William Baszm

The participation of the Ugandan innovators is a collective effort, with support from the private sector companies that include telecommunication companies, technology companies, and banks, to mention but a few.

 An awareness campaign with be launched by the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, profiling and celebrating the brilliance of the Ugandan geniuses that are resident in the ICT sector.