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Jumia Uganda appoints new CEO, launches Black Friday campaign

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Ron Kawamara(L), the new ceo for Jumia Uganda addresses media. Looking on is Massimiliano Spalazzi, Jumia’s co-CEO.

Ron Kawamara(L), the new CEO for Jumia Uganda addresses media. Looking on is Massimiliano Spalazzi, co-CEO, Jumia Africa.

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Jumia Uganda has announced that Ron Kawamara will take over as new CEO for Uganda. This was during a press briefing held at The Hickory restaurant on Thursday morning. Ron has previously served as the Regional Managing Director of Jumia Food, East Africa, and comes with a wealth of experience in the African Commerce industry.

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Speaking at the briefing, Massimiliano Spalazzi,the co-CEO Jumia Africa said, “After a thorough and thoughtful search process, we are thrilled to have Ron take on the CEO role. Ron brings a stellar leadership reputation, a wealth of consumer experience, and a lifelong passion for eCommerce to Jumia – all of which are critical ingredients in the continued evolution of our company. We are absolutely confident that Ron is the right leader for Jumia who can create value for customers and vendors by marrying Jumia’s numerous assets with the opportunities ahead.”

Kawamara has extensive experience leading, innovating and scaling technology businesses globally, including having guided Jumia Food through critical transformation periods. Through his startup experience, Ron has frequently worked with SMEs to effect business models that embrace technological changes.

“I cannot imagine a more important and exciting time to join Jumia,” said Kawamara. “With a massive, diverse and highly engaged audience, a market-leading online business, a best-in-class product portfolio and an extremely passionate and talented group of people, Jumia is well-positioned to capture an even greater market opportunity. As a lifelong entrepreneur and exuberant technology enthusiast, this is the perfect opportunity to combine my industry experience with my love for business. I look forward to working with this great team, having a lot of fun, and leading Jumia through its next exciting phase.”

Meanwhile,  this year’s Black Friday campaign was also launched during the event. Black Friday is a massive sales event that will run from November 16th to December 7th, 2018. The campaign is normally characterized by a buzz of activities at Jumia as online shoppers enjoy the best deals.

 “This year will be our biggest campaign yet,” Ron noted. “We’ve invested in a lot in negotiating with retailers so that we can give our customers the best value. We shall feature discounts of up to 70% on over 5000 products and shoppers will enjoy free delivery for purchases over 200,000 UGX.”

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dfcu Bank supports Rotary Blood Bank initiative

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dfcu CEO Mathias Katamba hands over cheque for Rotary Blood Bank Mengo.

dfcu CEO Mathias Katamba hands over cheque for Rotary Blood Bank Mengo.

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dfcu Bank has announced a contribution of UGX 15,000,000 as one of the sponsors of the upcoming Transformational Leadership Forum and the Kirk Wallum Jazz concert slated for 7th March 2019. The contribution is towards fundraising efforts for the Rotary Blood Bank at Mengo Hospital which was constructed by Rotary and its partners.

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The announcement was at dfcu Bank’s head office in Kampala where the Bank’s Chief Executive Officer, Mathias Katamba, handed over a cheque to Dr. Emmanuel Katongole, Chairperson Rotary Blood Bank Program.

The initiative intends to raise $500,000 in order to equip Mengo Hospital with a fully-fledged Blood Bank which can test, process and pack safe blood before being distributed to other health centres.

According to dfcu CEO, Mathias Katamba, “It is unfortunate that, patients still die or suffer unnecessarily because they do not have access to safe blood transfusion. The timely availability of safe blood and blood products is essential in all health facilities. It is possible to bridge the gap, between blood requirements and annual shortfall of 100,000 units of blood in Uganda, if each one of us gets involved in initiatives such as these.”

“Our support towards this cause is directly in line with our brand promise of Making More Possible for the diverse communities in which we operate. People are at the heart of our Corporate Social Investment (CSI) agenda and the need for accessible safe blood is universal, so we are more than glad to make our contribution to this cause. We will be unveiling more community investment initiatives this year as dfcu celebrates 55 years of existence,” Katamba added.

“We are happy to have dfcu partner with us on a cause that will enable the Rotary Club make a significant contribution in meeting the annual deficit of 100,000 units of blood. Our target for this year is to equip the Mengo blood bank so that-it is a fully fledged facility which can test, process and pack safe blood. The contribution from dfcu towards our fundraising efforts is commendable,” said Emanuel Katongole.

dfcu Bank has a history with Rotary and has been a part of several fundraising initiatives including the Rotary Hospital in Mukono where dfcu made a contribution of UGX 150M towards its construction.

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Huawei Presents Its Simplified 5G and SoftCOM AI Solutions at the MWC Barcelona 2019

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Huawei has been committed to helping operators expand their business boundaries and achieve new growth through innovations in networks, services, and business models. To this end, Huawei is presenting its end-to-end 5G products and solutions at the event, such as simplified 5G sites, architecture, protocols, and operations & maintenance (O&M). These new offerings will help operators quickly deploy 5G networks on a large scale. Huawei has also launched the SoftCOM AI solution, which will help build autonomous driving networks of the future and maximize the value of telecom networks.

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5G has arrived, and AI has become a new general-purpose technology. Innovation will never end and humanity will continue to develop, driven by advancements in science and technology. The intelligent world of the future will be a “Digital Village” where everyone is included and closely connected.

At this year’s event, Huawei is expanding on the theme of “Building a Fully Connected, Intelligent World”. Huawei’s main exhibition hall – Hall 1 – was designed around the theme of “The Digital Village”, representing the combination of technology and culture. The “Digital Village” provides a platform that brings together global industry elites and KOLs, allowing them to exchange ideas and discuss what challenges and opportunities the fully connected, intelligent world will bring to humanity.


Huawei’s main booth at Hall1 in Mobile World Congress 2019

Huawei’s main booth at Hall1 in Mobile World Congress 2019

Huawei has maintained absolute leadership in 5G solutions through ongoing investment in R&D. The high 5G network performance and strong delivery capabilities make Huawei a partner of choice. So far, Huawei has signed over 30 commercial 5G contracts with operators around the world, and shipped over 40,000 5G base stations. Its aim is to help operators jump start 5G and deliver a high-quality 5G user experience.

In Hall 1, Huawei is showcasing its end-to-end 5G products and solutions, ranging from simplified 5G sites and 5G integrated transport, to 5G cloud core and simplified 5G O&M. It also demonstrated its core technologies behind the new products and solutions, including radio frequency, optical transmission, IP, and IT. All of these are evidence of Huawei’s extensive experience in R&D and strong innovation capabilities.

Huawei was the first company in the industry to launch commercial 5G chips and devices, and has worked with the industry to drive 5G maturity and commercialization. Huawei demonstrated 8K high-definition (HD) livestreaming on Vodafone Spain’s 5G network, and showcased new applications such as Cloud VR, cloud gaming, and cloud PCs. These applications showed that 5G will bring a better life for everyone.

Under the support of Huawei, multiple European operators, including Vodafone, announced that 5G networks are now ready for commercial use. Huawei also signed 5G contracts with many operators from around the world.

In addition, Huawei presented its idea for autonomous driving networks, as well as its full-stack, all-scenario SoftCOM AI solution, with the aim to significantly improve operating efficiency, network performance, O&M efficiency, and user experiences. The SoftCOM AI solution enables “0 bits, 0 watts” and adaptive beam adjustment, thereby maximizing the value of telecom networks.

Huawei is actively innovating networks, services, and business models. It works with customers to redefine the business models and boundaries of the telecom industry, and ultimately help operators succeed. This will be achieved through a portfolio of innovative business solutions, including IoT cloud services, personal mobile services, five-star premium home broadband, and cloud-network convergence.

Huawei has worked closely with industry organizations, and has made key contributions to future network infrastructure, cyber security, and security policies and standards targeting vertical industries. Huawei is the world’s one and only telecom equipment vendor that is subject to and passes inspections against the highest-level standards. This ensures Huawei can create more secure and trustworthy products and solutions for its customers.

At this year’s event, Huawei is exploring cyber security mechanisms and standards that are suitable for Europe by holding forums and announcing joint initiatives with major industry organizations. Together, they will drive fair, open, trusted, and secure cooperation across the industry.

This is the first time that all of Huawei’s three business groups (BGs) – Carrier BG, Enterprise BG, and Consumer BG – have participated in the MWC. Huawei’s Enterprise BG showcased four star products: the industry’s fastest OceanStor Dorado series all flash storage; the world’s first AI-powered data center switch; the world’s first Wi-Fi 6 access point (AP) for commercial use; and the X series cameras – the world’s first AI-powered software-defined cameras. Huawei’s Consumer BG showcased multiple popular devices, and launched the world’s first foldable 5G smartphone.

MWC 2019 runs from February 25 to 28 in Barcelona, Spain. Huawei is showcasing its products and solutions at booth 1H50 in Fira Gran Via Hall 1, booth 3I30 in Hall 3, the Innovation City zone in Hall 4, and booths 7C21 and 7C31 in Hall 7. For more information, please visit http://www.huawei.com/mwc2019/.

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About Huawei

Huawei is a leading global provider of information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure and smart devices. With integrated solutions across four key domains – telecom networks, IT, smart devices, and cloud services – we are committed to bringing digital to every person, home and organization for a fully connected, intelligent world.

Huawei’s end-to-end portfolio of products, solutions and services are both competitive and secure. Through open collaboration with ecosystem partners, we create lasting value for our customers, working to empower people, enrich home life, and inspire innovation in organizations of all shapes and sizes.

At Huawei, innovation focuses on customer needs. We invest heavily in basic research, concentrating on technological breakthroughs that drive the world forward. We have more than 180,000 employees, and we operate in more than 170 countries and regions. Founded in 1987, Huawei is a private company fully owned by its employees.

For more information, please visit Huawei online at www.huawei.com or follow us on:

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MTN’s 20 year anniversary celebration goes regional.

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  • MTN continues the celebration of 20 years in Uganda to regions this week starting with Kabale district.
  • The regional expos will be ongoing until 25th May 2019
  • The expos will take place in Kabale, Gulu, Lira, Fort Portal, Mbarara, Arua, Hoima and Mbale districts.
  • The theme is “Celebrating the Past and Inspiring the Future”

Kampala – MTN Uganda has today started off a three-month tour of the country with regional expos in major towns as part of its 20 year celebrations in Uganda. The regional expos are part of the celebrations that started in October 2018 with the MTN Expo at the Kololo Airstrip. On Monday, 25th February 2019, a team from MTN departed for Kabale, the first stop of the regional expos planned until 25th May 2019.

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A special production from renown Uganda playwright Alex Mukulu at the MTNat20 in 2018.

In October 2018, MTN Uganda turned 20 years and under the theme “Celebrating the past, inspiring the future”, the company opted for commemorative activities like Expos across major towns in Uganda.

“In 1998, MTN Uganda launched in this market, facilitating business growth and enabling communication. In the last 20 years, MTN has taken services across Uganda and connected millions of people. That is why are celebrating the 20 years by taking expos to major towns in the country to represent that we are “everywhere you go,” explained Gordian Kyomukama, the Acting CEO MTN Uganda.

Some of the features of the week-long regional expos will be the bicycle challenge, a Smartphone Fair, performances by top Ugandan musicians, stakeholder engagements, a donation from the MTN Foundation and displays by some of the MTN Uganda partners. The first stop of the expo will be at the Kabale Stadium from February 26th, 2019. There will also be lots of prizes to be won.

In some of the towns like Gulu and Mbarara, MTN through MTN Pulse will also host Pulse parties.

“Our aim is to celebrate the 20 year journey we have been connecting Ugandans. However, we also want to indicate our commitment to operating in Uganda for many more years to come because we have enabled connections by providing services that have eased the sending and receiving of money, affordable voice and data rates and business solutions,” Kyomukama adds.

Over the next years, MTN’s focus will be ensuring increased reliable internet access and improved financial inclusion through Mobile Financial Services like MTN Mobile Money.

MTN Regional Expo calendar.

Town Dates
Kabale 25th February to 3rd March 2019
Gulu 11th to 17th March 2019
Lira 18th to 24th March 2019
Fort Portal 1st to 7th April 2019
Mbarara 8th to 14th April 2019
Arua 29th April to 5th May 2019
Hoima 6th to 12th May 2019
Mbale 20th to 5th May 2019

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