Unlocking Uganda’s ICT Potential: Insights from the UJ-Connect Project Meeting

The Uganda Institute of Information and Communications Technology (UICT) is excited to share updates from the recent Joint Coordination Committee (JCC) meeting for the UJ-Connect Project, organized by the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Chaired by Dr. Aminah Zawedde, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, the meeting brought together key stakeholders from both the private and public sectors to discuss strategic initiatives aimed at advancing Uganda’s ICT industry.

Dr Aminah Zawedde and Chief JICA Representative Inoue Yoichi are awarded scholastic gifts from the UJ Connect

The UJ-Connect Project, launched in July 2023, is a pivotal endeavor designed to bolster Uganda’s ICT sector by establishing a growth model for priority sub-sectors. These include Policy Support, Human Resource Development, Business Matching, and Mentorship. Dr. Zawedde highlighted the project’s significant achievements, including the development of a skill set standard booklet for 7 priority areas, collaboration with UICT, and upcoming business matching events between Japanese and Ugandan ICT companies.

One of the project’s highlights is the upcoming business matching event, set to take place in late February 2024, which aims to foster collaboration and increase Uganda’s presence on the global stage. Additionally, a successful webinar was held to showcase Uganda’s ICT sector to Japanese companies, further strengthening international partnerships.

Experts from JICA and Staff interact with beneficiaries of the UJ-Connect as staff of the Japenese Embassy were present as observers

Furthermore, a mentorship program targeting technology-driven entrepreneurship was launched during the meeting, providing opportunities for start-up founders to refine their ideas and collaborate with Japanese and Ugandan companies.

UICT AR and Team lead for UJ Connect Output 2, Agnes Lumala presenting the report on behalf of the Committee

Mr. Yoichi Inoue, the JICA Chief Representative, emphasized the importance of project sustainability and urged stakeholders to focus on the future of the project and the ICT industry in Uganda.

In conclusion, the UJ-Connect Project is making significant strides towards its objectives, thanks to the dedication and collaboration of all stakeholders involved. UICT remains committed to fostering an innovative and vibrant ICT ecosystem in Uganda, driving progress and prosperity in the digital age.

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