Dr Veena Rawat

By Omondi Julius Odera, Kampala, Uganda

Veena Rawat, the Vice President of Research In Motion (RIM), has arrived in Kampala to attend the 2nd Annual Communications Innovations Awards (ACIA) scheduled for May 18.

RIM is the manufacturer of BlackBerry - a line of mobile email and smartphone devices developed and designed by since 1999.

Dr Rawat will be the key note speaker at the ACIA awards which will be held under the theme, ‘Making Life Easy through Innovation’.  ACIA, which is a special initiative of the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), aims to promote greater local involvement in developing innovative products, services, content.

Speaking about Dr Rawat’s arrival, the Executive Director of UCC, Godfrey Mutabazi, said her presence shows how important ACIA is. “ACIA is a platform which aims to reward stakeholders for the great effort they have invested in the sector through production of quality products and services.”

“During the Award ceremony, the guests and Ugandans in general will join UCC to celebrate and reward the crème de la crème in the sector for their quality work,” Mutabazi said, adding that ACIA would reward those who have excelled in the sector.

This is the second time UCC is holding such an event. The maiden event took place on October 29, 2010. ACIA 2012 will be held on Friday, May 18, 2012 - a day after the World Telecommunications Information Society Day (WTISD). The Minister for ICT, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, will be the guest of honour.

In addition, UCC has organised an ICT Exhibition as part of the Second Annual Communications Innovation Awards (ACIA 2012) due to take place on Friday, May 18, 2012 from 9:00am to 6:00pm. At least 60 exhibitors including the academia, educational institutions, researchers, licensed telecoms companies, NGOs and SMEs – will showcase their products and services.

This exhibition is part of the event to commemorate this year’s World Telecommunication and Information Society (WTISD) whose theme is: “Women and Girls in Information and Communication Technology (ICT)”.   The exhibition is open to the general public.



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