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MTN Uses Netherlands Tax Haven to Escape African Tax Bills

MTN Uses Netherlands Tax Haven to Escape African Tax Bills

Business, FEATURED, NEWS, TECH
South African telecoms giant MTN appears to have avoided paying any capital gains tax in Uganda on the lucrative sale of its investment in mobile phone masts in the country. MTN’s latest financial statements show a profit of 1.3 billion South African Rand – almost $80 million — from the sale of its interests in Uganda. Taxed at the standard 30 percent rate, this could have yielded $25 million for the hard-pressed country. According to the newspaper, MTN had a 49 percent shareholding in a Dutch joint venture company which ultimately owns the towers, and it sold its stake in this Dutch company instead of selling the towers themselves. Now look at this separate story, from Ghana Business News: Ghana could miss out on as much as GH¢400 million in capital gains tax following t...
Rwanda’s COVID-19 Response Goes High-tech

Rwanda’s COVID-19 Response Goes High-tech

FEATURED, Health, NEWS, Rwanda, TECH
Rwanda’s government is using drones in densely populated, difficult-to-reach neighbourhoods and high-risk zones to urge compliance with COVID-19 preventive measures. Police procured drones with a capacity to broadcast sound and record high definition images. The intervention was prompted by a lack of compliance by residents to follow directives to stay home, wash hands, respect physical distancing and wear masks because of low accessibility of the affected areas by community awareness teams.  Drones were deployed to compliment radio/ TV messages and the work by community health workers and other community leaders by bringing educational messages directly to residents by air.   Head turning. Congrats Rwanda: With Covid-19 health messages all over, it's easy ...
Kiira Motors in Uganda to Start Manufacturing Electrics Vehicles in 2021

Kiira Motors in Uganda to Start Manufacturing Electrics Vehicles in 2021

FEATURED, NEWS, TECH
The Government of Uganda has publicized June 2021 as the date for the start of manufacture of electric cars in Uganda, however, failed to hit the deadline in 2018. Kiira Motors on social media conveyed: “Expect us to start manufacturing Ugandan made vehicles from our Vehicle Plant by June 2021.” On a further note to confirm their plans, the company declared its commitment to source most of their raw materials from local manufacturers. Kiira Motors: “We are on the move to gather all the necessary components to deliver all things Made in Uganda. Our first stop is at G Das Industrial Ltd, a company located in Jinja known for smelting Aluminium and manufacture Aluminium profiles.” Kiira Motors Director Production, Albert Akovuku and Director Product Development Richard Mad...
Top African ICT Students Compete to Represent Sub Saharan Africa in Huawei’s Global ICT Competition

Top African ICT Students Compete to Represent Sub Saharan Africa in Huawei’s Global ICT Competition

FEATURED, Latest News, TECH
The Sub-Sahara African finals of the Huawei Global ICT Competition, under the theme of "Connection, Glory, Future", kicked off on 10 September with an online opening ceremony. It is believed to be the biggest event of its kind in Africa covering 14 countries and attracting over 50,000 students. Globally the Huawei ICT Competition 2019-2020 has covered over 70 countries worldwide, with 150 000 contestants from more than 2,000 universities and colleges. Launched in the region just five years ago, the Huawei ICT Competition has developed into the largest ICT skills competition in Africa. During the opening ceremony attended by industry partners, UNESCO and students, Huawei Southern Africa VP, Liao Yong highlighted the significance of connectivity in the era of social distanc...
Huawei 2020 Seeds for the Future Online Study Kicks off

Huawei 2020 Seeds for the Future Online Study Kicks off

FEATURED, TECH
Seeds for the Future is an initiative China is using as a vehicle for technological transfer to the world, Africa and Uganda in particular notes Mr. Henry Mayiga, Deputy Head of Missions Uganda Embassy in Uganda. [Kampala, Uganda, September 7th, 2020] Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, has today kicked off the one week intense seeds for the future training through online and live broadcast sessions from 7th to 11th September 2020. Huawei is to train 37 top ICT students recommended from the various universities of Uganda in areas of Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Big Data, Cloud, Artificial intelligence and 5G related courses. According to the Huawei Public Relations Director Mr. Gao, The training that will last one week shall be an online training where stude...

Huawei Fulfils its Pledge to Makerere by Donating ICT Study Equipment.

Education, FEATURED, NEWS, TECH
Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, has on 28th August donated ICT study equipment to Makerere University College of Computing and Information Science. This equipment is to aid in the hands-on study in the Huawei ICT Academy that was launched in 2019 at the college. The event that took place at Makerere University College of Computing and Information Science was attended by the Vice Chancellor of Makerere Professor Barnabas Nawangwe, Executive Director of NITA-Uganda Dr. Mugasa Hatwib, Deputy Vice Chancellor Finance and Admin Professor Hisali Eria, Huawei Managing director Mr. Gaofei, the and Principal College of computing Professor Tonny Oyana among others. The Huawei ICT Academy was launched in May 2019 at Makerere University and is to train and certify 1000 ...
Huawei Uganda announces Seeds for the Future Program 2020 edition despite Covid-19 Pandemic

Huawei Uganda announces Seeds for the Future Program 2020 edition despite Covid-19 Pandemic

Education, FEATURED, Latest News, Rwanda, TECH
By Keefa Nuwahereza Huawei to train top ICT Ugandan Students Online through the newly launched Sky Seeds for the Future.  Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, has announced the 2020 edition Seeds for the Future Program known as the “Sky Seeds for the Future” despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The announcement was made by the Public Relations Manager Ms Lina Cao who emphasized that the company shall carry out the program this year through online/e-learning platforms. President Museveni flags off the 2016 Seeds for the Future. Ms Cao encouraged universities in Uganda to recommend their students to take advantage of the world class training program aimed at equipping and nurturing students through exposing them to the latest industry technology trends. Hon. Fr...
The absurdity of TikTok spying allegations

The absurdity of TikTok spying allegations

FEATURED, NEWS, TECH
Opinion By Fabian Schmidt Whether a Chinese, US or European firm runs the platform where people share data makes no difference. If users want to show themselves, everyone will get their data, writes Fabian Schmidt. The zeal with which the Chinese regime collects data is really quite frightening. The Communist Party imposes total surveillance on its citizens that puts to shame even the horror scenarios of George Orwell's 1984. After all, when Orwell wrote his book in 1948, he could not have predicted what the internet era would one day make possible. In light of Beijing's aggressive expansionist policies, we should indeed be worried about protecting our data. Among other things, this means not relying on Chinese G5 technology, as security experts in the West cannot verifia...
Affordable Smartphones Drive Digital Inclusion In Africa, Handset Adoption Can Guide Leap To 4G

Affordable Smartphones Drive Digital Inclusion In Africa, Handset Adoption Can Guide Leap To 4G

FEATURED, TECH
By Our Reporter With mobile connectivity now integral to the modern economy, a key part of any national development programme must be digital inclusion. This is being achieved by expanding mobile broadband coverage, but there is another important consideration: smartphone affordability. A recent GSMA report shows that smartphones make up 39% of the 774 million mobile connections in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is projected to grow significantly, but for Africa’s people to fully reap the dividends of mobile connectivity, it is critical that 4G-enabled smartphone handsets be made more easily attainable for the entry-level market. Many African youth have embraced the use of Smart Phones This calls for financial innovation alongside the technological innovation that characterise...
Huawei’s ICT Academy, A Fertile Soil for ICT Talent Cultivation

Huawei’s ICT Academy, A Fertile Soil for ICT Talent Cultivation

Education, FEATURED, TECH
By John Peter Olinga Makerere University: In May 2019, Huawei ignited an Information Communications Technology (ICT) Academy in Uganda to improve the number and quality of IT professions in the country. The Academy was a result of a pledge offered by Huawei to H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni during his visit to China, whereby Huawei pledged to train over 1000 Uganda ICT talents through its ICT Academy at no cost for students. Since its launch, the Huawei ICT Academy has attracted thousands of enthusiasts and students with multiple accreditation points mounted at Uganda’s top Universities. Initially, Huawei signed an MOU with Makerere University as the center of the ICT Academy, before seven more Universities joined the race to host regional Academies. Some of the students at the Huaw...
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