Uganda to host regional ITES conference
COMPUTINGBy BiztechAfrica - Sept. 19, 2012, 7:57 a.m.
By Omondi Julius Odera, Kampala, Uganda
The Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) Industry is one of the key areas Government of Uganda has identified as a long-term solution to addressing issues of unemployment amongst educated youths as well as to increase investment in area of Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES).
The National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA) with funding from Ugandan government was to develop and implement initiatives that would not only drive but transform Uganda’s Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) industry into an internationally competitive destination and consequently create jobs and provide income to many.
Based on the above intervention, NITA-U has partnered with Uganda Business Process Outsourcing Association (UBPOA) and Avasant to hold the first East African Regional Leadership Conference on Information Technology Enabled Services (ITES). Announcing this to press at the media center in Kampala, NITA-U Executive director James Saaka noted that the two day conference, which will run from the 20 to 21 September 2012 at the Grand Imperial Hotel Kampala, will bring together a wide spectrum of BPO/ITES stakeholders. He also added that the event has attracted leading BPO and ITES Operators and potential buyers.
“The conclave aims at forging of partnerships, leveraging Uganda as a BPO destination and informing the public and International community about the BPO industry strategies and opportunities. It will also act as a showcase of the strides that the BPO industry in Uganda has taken,” explained Saaka
Saaka also used this platform to outline NITA-U’s success in developing basic BPO infrastructure, brand and market Uganda as a preferred BPO destination and improve BPO governance structures and frameworks to stimulate private sector activities.
He notes that NITA-U has successfully set up a 250 seater BPO incubation center at Statistics House in Kampala and contracted three BPO Operators to manage the center. He also adds that they have completed the review and update of the BPO strategy which provides an analysis of the current state of the country’s BPO industry.
MORE COMPUTING NEWS
Samsung, 49M embark on consumer educational driveSamsung Electronics South Africa has announced a national consumer education campaign in support of the 49M initiative, offering practical actions to save energy in daily life. Read More
Five technical considerations to resolve before moving into the cloudMoving into the cloud is often not as simple as it seems. If this move is not done correctly, cloud solutions could fail to deliver, says Jasco. Read More
Top backup tips for SMEsGreen Apple IT advises on ways to protect valuable data from load shedding problems. Read More
Mainframes: underpinning the cloudContrary to some beliefs that the cloud will replace the mainframe, IBM Solutions Sales Manager Satish Babu points out that the mainframe supports cloud. Read More
Microsoft announces first African female country managerMicrosoft has announced the appointment of Otema Yirenkyi as the company’s first country manager for Ghana. Read More
Cloud uptake set to explode across AfricaNew research indicates that African organisations are taking cloud seriously, with Nigeria set to lead in cloud adoption. Read More
Multichoice Ghana launches 18 resource centresMultichoice Ghana Limited has rolled out 18 Multichoice Resource Centers in 18 senior high schools across the country. Read More
Matching market with satellite servicesQ-KON examines where satellite fits into the market and what services are best for satellite technologies. Read More
Africa’s high end ICT skills shortfall growsWith a skills shortage of between 20,000 and 70,000 high-end ICT professionals in South Africa alone, business and education must work together to close the gap, say stakeholders. Read More
African insurers must address looming technology challengeLack of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure is holding the African insurance market back, says SSP. Read More
FEATURED STORYGaming app introduces investors to trading
A new virtual stock market app is equipping would-be investors with the skills they need to trade.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHCorporate cyber security threats of the year
91% of organisations polled suffered a cyber-attack at least once in the past year, says Kaspersky Lab in its security review of 2013.
COMPANY NEWSSamsung, 49M embark on consumer educational drive
Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced a national consumer education campaign in support of the 49M initiative, offering practical actions to save energy in daily life.MTN launches new positioning campaign for enterprise market
MTN Group today unveiled a new Pan-African brand positioning media campaign for MTN Business, its enterprise business unit.