The 3rd Digital Impact Awards Africa (#DIAA2016) will present “Africa’s Digital Inclusion Medal of Honor” award to Mr. Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. The award and honor that will be presented at Serena Kampala Hotel on August 18th 2016 is an appreciation of Mr. Ren Zhengfei and Huawei’s contribution to Digital Inclusion in Africa.
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdond, China. Under the leadership of Mr. Ren Zhengfei, Huawei, has positively impacted the African continent since the late 1990s through the popularity of its well-priced cell phones and communication equipment. This has contributed to exponentially-improving communication of Africa by offering affordable products and services. Huawei’s success and impact in Africa is attributed to superior customer service with unparalleled responsiveness of management and personnel coupled with competitive pricing, tailor-made for African countries.
Over the last 15 years, nearly every African country has partnered with Huawei in some form either for network infrastructure deployment or devices distribution. Hundreds of thousands of Huawei devices have extended digital inclusion to Africa while at the same time different mobile operators are relying on Huawei equipment and platforms to deliver digital services.
Huawei’s competitive advantages in pricing, partnerships and customer services has yielded considerable benefits for African consumers, businesses and economies, and plays a key part in enabling the “mobile revolution.” Africa’s mobile technology would not be as far along as it is without Huawei and its well-priced products and services.
As thus DIAA2016 jury found it noble to award and honor Mr. Ren Zhengfei whose strategic leadership of Huawei has been key to the benefits Africa has gained from Huawei products and services. With coordination of Huawei Uganda, led by Mr. Stanley Chyn, the managing director, DIAA2016 will make arrangements to present Africa’s Digital Inclusion Medal of Honor to Mr. Ren Zhengfei.
“Maximising the Digital Dividend” is the theme of the DIAA because we believe in the transformative capacity of technology-based solutions. DIAA focus is on digital inclusion, financial inclusion and cybersecurity for which 21 awards categories have been set. Nomination submission entries are open and will close by April 30th 2016. DIAA includes:
• Digital Inclusion Awards: Awards covering websites, mobile apps, social media, gadgets, platforms, e-commerce and e-services.
• Digital Financial Services Awards: Awards categories covering Mobile Money, Remittance Services, digital payments, Online/Mobile banking and Financial Inclusion.
• “Best Cybersecurity Practice” Award – In partnership with Cyberplc, this Award encourages organisations to treat cybersecurity as a business necessity.
• Digital Research – We are undertaking very exciting research on digital inclusion, financial inclusion and cybersecurity.
Uganda Breweries partners with Kabaka Foundation to construct sanitation facilities in city markets
By Our Reporter
In a bid to improve the sanitation and hygiene that are health concerns in Kampala markets, Uganda Breweries Limited has launched a sanitation project that will see the brewery construct modern public sanitation facilities for the residents and traders of Nakulabye, Katwe, Mengo and Mulago Markets.
The project dubbed the “Kampala City Markets water and Sanitation” has been done in partnership with the Kabaka Foundation, which is an NGO presided over by His Majesty the Kabaka of Buganda. The 3 months project which is part of UBL’s “Water of Life” initiative will cost UGX 300 Million and will benefit over 26,000 people.
Under this project, each Market will get a modern sanitation facility with eights units; a toilet for people with disabilities, a washroom for men and women, three urinal bowls for men, one shared attendants room, a water reservoir of 5000 liters, a 1000 liter over- head tank and a water pump.
Speaking during the ground breaking ceremony at Nakulabye Market, Uganda Breweries Managing Director Mark Ocitti said, “Access to clean sanitation facilities is critical to the health and prosperity of our communities, and yet, too many people especially in the markets around the city do not have access to these basic services. Uganda Breweries is proud to partner with the Kabaka Foundation to reform and improve the lives of more than 26,000 people who live and work around these markets.”
Ocitti noted that this project is not the first done in partnership with the Buganda Kingdom. “UBL and the Kingdom have a long standing partnership to brew Ngule beer, the Kingdoms official beer. The beer is made from cassava and sorghum all of which are sourced locally from Buganda Kingdom.”
In his remarks, Owekitibwa Chris Bwanika, a Trustee in the Kabaka Foundation said, “This project marks another milestone in achieving Kabaka foundation’s aim of improving sanitation. Kampala city markets have dilapidated sanitation facilities and with the construction of these new facilities, we will now be able to address the problem of poor sanitation and the consequent spread of diseases among the residents, especially the children.”
Uganda Breweries Limited has in the past years run similar projects. In 2017, the company constructed public sanitation facilities worth UGX 300 million at Port Bell and Kirombe markets. The project benefits over 12,000 residents, traders and visitors to the two areas. UBL has also previously constructed sanitation facilities in Ggaba market and Kinawataka market.
Sheraton hosts Muslim community to iftar dinner
By Our Reporter
Sheraton Kampala Hotel treated the Muslim community to iftar dinner as they broke their fast on Thursday evening. The dinner was held to thank their Muslim partners, clients and guests for the continued support to the hotel and to also wish them blessings during this holy month of Ramadan.
The dinner was a blend of Middle Eastern and Ugandan cuisine consisting of special and customized meals of starter, salads, condiments & dressing, soups, main course, carving, dessert and a variety of drinks.
While addressing the guests during the dinner, the General Manager, Sheraton Kampala Hotel, Jean-Philippe Bittencourt encouraged the Muslims to keep up with the good spirit of brotherhood as they observe this Ramadan. He further thanked them for the immeasurable support to the Sheraton hotel and encouraged them to work as a team for peace and unity to be realized.
“To observe, this holy month, the hotel has set aside a special prayer place where our employees, guests and customers can say their prayer and break their fast. We have a designated area at the Victoria Restaurant where they can have a lavish buffet as they break their fast from Monday to Saturday,” Mr. Jean Philippe Bittencourt further noted.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and, is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief. Muslims are expected to put more effort into following the teachings of Islam with the fast beginning at dawn and ending at set.
Sheraton hotel during this holy month of Ramadan has special daily Iftar menu packages for individuals, families, groups and companies hosting their Muslim clients or customers to a special dinner.
V-Power weekend is back
By Our Reporter
“V-Power Weekend”, a promotion that allows customers to purchase Shell V-Power at the same price as regular fuel, is back.
Launched in March this year, the promotion is open to all Shell customers and is available at over 80 Shell stations countrywide. The offer runs for the entire weekend starting Friday morning to Sunday evening.
“This promotional offer is aimed at getting car owners to try the advanced fuel formulation and experience the thrilling power and performance of our premium fuel Shell V-Power,” said Emmanuel Ssebunya, Brand Manager Fuels at Vivo Energy Uganda. “Shell’s new fuels contain exclusive DYNAFLEX Technology which helps clean and protect key components in vehicle engines, reduces friction between the piston and cylinder wall, reduces possibility of engine knock leading to better engine efficiency and performance.”
The V-Power Weekend offer will run every month till December 2019 to give as many motorists as possible an opportunity to experience Shell premium fuels.
“Whatever car you drive, wherever you are going, visit a Shell station to get a full tank of Premium Shell V-Power at the price of regular fuel and GO WELL,” he added.
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