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MTN Foundation launches MTN Skills Academy to empower youth.

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MTN Uganda's corporate social responsibility arm, the MTN Foundation, has announced the launch of the MTN Skills Academy. This innovative online platform is designed to empower Uganda's youth and bridge the digital divide.

In partnership with key stakeholders, including the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance,

the National ICT Innovation Hub, American Tower Cooperation (ATC), and Huawei, the MTN

Skills Academy which is aligned with Uganda's National Development Plan III, Digital Vision

2040 and the National Digital Transformation Roadmap aims to provide access to digital and

financial skills training for youth in Uganda and across the African continent as a catalyst for

job creation and increased employment opportunities.

Speaking at the launch event held at the ATC Digital Community in Mukono District, MTN

Uganda Chief Executive Officer, Sylvia Mulinge, emphasized the programme’s importance in

addressing the critical gap between digital skills training and job placement.

“As MTN, we are committed to driving digital solutions for Africa's progress. With the launch

of the MTN Skills Academy in Uganda, we aim to equip the country's youth, who are at the

forefront of digitalization, with the necessary skills to advance the digitalization agenda and

drive the nation's progress,” She said.

She also noted that the MTN Skills Academy would play a pivotal role in addressing the

challenges faced by Uganda's youth, who make up the majority of the population and yet

remain one of the most vulnerable groups in the country.

The latest statistics from the World Bank shows that over 75% of Uganda’s population is

below the age of 30. The nation also grapples with one of the highest youth unemployment

rates in Sub-Saharan Africa, currently standing at 13.3%.

Furthermore, the International Finance Corporation estimates that by 2030 approximately

230 million jobs will require digital skills.

Hon. Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo, the Minister of State for Information, Communications

and Technology, commended MTN for its ongoing commitment to innovation and its role in

driving Uganda's sustainable development through ICT.

"We acknowledge that progress can only be achieved collaboratively. I extend my gratitude

to MTN for continually seeking and implementing innovations that propel our digitalization

agenda forward. This project will enable our youth to tap into the vast resources that MTN

offers for our nation's development," said Minister Ssebugwawo.

The launch event also saw the participation of renowned digitalization partners, including

Huawei and ATC, who welcomed the innovation and pledged their support for the

programme.

MTN Group Chief Sustainability and Corporate Affairs Officer, Nompilo Morafo, emphasized

that the MTN Skills Academy would not only address the digital skills shortage but also

contribute to sustainable economic growth in Uganda.

"In a world where digital literacy is as crucial as reading and writing, the MTN Skills Academy

serves as a testament to our commitment to Uganda's sustainable development. We believe

that this platform will be pivotal in providing Ugandan youth with the essential skills required

to flourish in the digital economy. Not only will this help alleviate the shortage of digital skills,

but it will also reverberate positively across the nation's economic growth trajectory, aligning

to the newly launched Digital Transformation Roadmap. This initiative is a key component of

MTN's ongoing efforts to foster both economic growth and social progress in Uganda and

across the African continent", Morafo stated.

MTN’s commitment to empowering youth extends beyond Uganda, as the company plans to

roll out the MTN Skills Academy across all its operating companies in Africa, targeting the

empowerment of at least one million youths by 2025.

It is worth noting that MTN Uganda has complementary initiatives under the MTN ACE

programme, aimed at empowering youth to leverage ICTs for Uganda's socioeconomic

transformation.

The first cohort of 185 youths will graduate today, armed with practical skills in digital

technologies to provide innovative ICT solutions for their communities.

MTN remains steadfast in its dedication to supporting Uganda's youth and delivering digital

solutions for Africa's progress, believing that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern

connected life.

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Ntoroko Edges Kyaka in Thrilling Tooro Kingdom MTN Masaza Cup

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Agripping showdown at the Humura playground in Kyegegwa district, Ntoroko County FC
secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Kyaka County FC, knocking them out of the Tooro Kingdom
MTN Masaza Cup. Kaswara Ason's decisive 34th-minute goal, the only score in an entertaining
game filled with missed opportunities, sealed Kyaka’s fate in the tournament.
Kyaka FC started the match on a strong note, with Frank Asiimwe showcasing his skills early
on. His solo run in the opening moments set the stage for multiple chances, though none found
the back of the net. Despite their spirited performance, Kyaka couldn't convert their dominance
into goals.
The game, played under challenging weather conditions due to a heavy downpour, saw
moments of high drama. Thomas Mugisa, making his tournament debut, posed a constant
threat. His appeals for a penalty in the 81st minute after a challenge from Ntoroko defender
Michael Bwamble were, however, waved away by the referee, adding to Kyaka’s frustrations as
they hunted for an equalizer.
Ntoroko's victory ensured their spot in the semifinals, joining Burahya, who also advanced as
the best losers of the group stage. Ntoroko County Member of Parliament, Gerald Rwemulikya,
praised his team for their resilience and performance. "Kyaka was at home and they created
many chances. This was our first time playing at Humura playground, but we managed to get a
well-deserved win. I want to congratulate my players and wish them luck in the next stage,"
Rwemulikya said.
Elsewhere in the tournament, Kyaka County became the fourth team to be eliminated, following
Kitagwenda, Kibaale, and Mwenge North. Their exit left the Kyaka county supporters in silence,
contemplating what might have been.
Tooro Kingdom's sports minister, Wandera Michael Enganjani, highlighted the broader
significance of the annual sports tournaments. "These tournaments are meant to promote
talents and fight against HIV/AIDS, which is very high in Fort Portal according to a Uganda AIDS
Commission survey," he said. Enganjani commended MTN Uganda for their continuous support
and promised unwavering cooperation in future events.
Aggrey Byaruhanga, MTN's regional marketing officer, reiterated the importance of health and
safety among the participants and supporters. "I appeal to Tooro Kingdom subjects to continue
testing for HIV and using condoms if they cannot abstain," Byaruhanga stated.
Looking ahead, the Tooro Kingdom MTN Masaza Cup will feature a clash between Fort Portal
City and Bunyangabu County next Sunday at the King Oyo Sports Complex in Bukwali at 3 PM.
The Tooro Kingdom MTN Masaza Cup continues to deliver thrilling football action, with
community engagement and health awareness being vital components of the event's mission.

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Huawei provides a preferred hybrid cloud to accelerate industry intelligence for Africa

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[Johannesburg, South Africa] Huawei recently announced the launch of its Huawei Cloud Stack 8.3
offering at the Huawei Africa Connect 2024 conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The launch of the offering was announced in a keynote speech delivered by Hu Yuhai, Vice President
of Huawei Hybrid Cloud. Titled, "Leap to Cloud to Accelerate Industrial Intelligence", the speech also
saw Hu provide details on how Huawei Cloud Stack provides trusted cloud infrastructure, innovative
cloud service abilities and extensive industry know-how to help government and enterprise
customers in Africa accelerate cloud adoption.

In line with this, Huawei Cloud has ramped up investments in Africa to support the continent's
development into an intelligent digital hub. The journey began in 2018, with the launch of Africa's
first public cloud region of Huawei Cloud in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was followed by a
significant expansion in June, 2024, with the launch of Northern Africa's first public cloud region of
Huawei Cloud in Cairo, Egypt. Huawei Cloud has been recognised as one of the fastest-growing cloud
providers in the world.

"Huawei Cloud strives to be the preferred cloud for intelligent transformation,” said Hu. As per our
mission statement of being, ‘In Africa, For Africa’, we are ready to work alongside our customers and
partners with better technologies, industry solutions, and ecosystem resources."

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Hu Yuhai, Vice President of Huawei Hybrid Cloud

Huawei’s expanded cloud activity reflects the fact that government and enterprise customers in
Africa are keen to embrace intelligent and digital transformation. Huawei Cloud is dedicated to
offering an industry-leading hybrid cloud solution, empowering customers to spark cloud innovation.
Huawei Cloud Stack 8.3 boasts a wide array of enhanced cloud services and features to provide a
trusted, more resilient cloud native foundation. It boosts innovation in the following key areas and
making new technologies locally available as fast as possible:
 Trusted cloud infrastructure: Huawei has continuously invested in foundational software and
hardware technologies alike, has established secure, reliable, and open cloud native infrastructure,
and provides green, low-carbon IT hardware and data center infrastructure. Huawei aims to lay a
robust foundation for digital transformation in Africa.
 Innovative cloud service abilities: Huawei leverages data and AI technologies to provide
numerous cloud services, aiming to help customers unleash the value of data and enhance data
sovereignty.
 Extensive industry know-how: Huawei provides a series of professional services, covering
high-level design, service planning, implementation, and deliveries, based on robust experience from
numerous global projects. Huawei looks to work with more industry partners to help customers
accelerate intelligent and digital transformation.

In Africa, For Africa: Huawei Cloud Stack accelerates industry intelligence for Africa with three
strengths

During the conference, Huawei also held its "Leap2Cloud"event, which attracted more than 300
enterprise executives and IDC experts customers from diverse sectors like government, finance,
transportation, and energy in Sub-Saharan Africa. They came together to share their insights and
collaboratively explore pathways for a leap to the cloud.

During the event, Bai Yan, Vice President of Huawei Cloud for the Southern Africa Region, delivered a
keynote speech titled, "Huawei Cloud Stack, the Preferred Cloud for Africa Industry Digitalisation."

"As industry customers drive forward with cloud adoption and intelligent transformation, they
encountered certain challenges, such as unforeseen issues with submarine optical cables, inefficient
methods of acquiring cloud resources, and concerns over data sovereignty,” he said. “Huawei Cloud
Stack helps them address these challenges with three strengths. It provides on-premised, reliable

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and secure cloud infrastructure, as well as offers an extensive suite of over 110 cloud
services—unmatched in the industry—alongside a diversified partner ecosystem. All these are
designed to help government and enterprise customers in Africa accelerate industry intelligence."

Bai Yan, Vice President of Huawei Cloud for the Sub-Saharan Africa Region

Huawei Cloud is eager to enhance cooperation with industry customers and partners to develop
scenario-specific solutions tailored to industry needs in Africa and create a thriving local digital
ecosystem together.

"Digital transformation is currently experiencing an exponential growth,” said Xiao Yi, President of
Huawei Cloud’s Global Ecosystem Solution Department. “We are stepping into the era of intelligence.
Huawei Cloud looks forward to joining hands with African partners to build a new foundation for an
intelligent world, develop digital solutions, and reshape industries with intelligence."

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Xiao Yi, President of Huawei Cloud Global Ecosystem Solution Dept

With innovative technologies and a vast array of industry-specific solutions, Huawei Cloud Stack
currently serves more than 5,500 government and enterprise customers around the world, leading
multiple markets, such as the hybrid cloud markets in China and the emerging Asia-Pacific region.

Moving forward, Huawei Cloud will continue to spur innovation, expand industry know-how, and
develop more customer-centric services to help more African customers move to, use, and manage
the cloud better. Huawei Cloud looks forward to joining hands with more African customers to
unlock new opportunities in industry intelligence and create an intelligent future.

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CONGS: 450 MEDICS GRADUATES AT ST FRANCIS SCHOOLS OF HEALTH SCIENCES

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St. Francis School of Health science Medics Urged to uphold Ethics and serve with Dedication
Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor Makerere University, through  Dr. Richard Muhindo delivered a powerful message at the ninth Graduation Ceremony of St. Francis schools of health science Namataba Mukono district.
Addressing 450 Graduates who were awarded nursing and midwifery certificates, Prof. Nawangwe emphasized the sacred nature of their profession and called on the graduates to shun extortion in healthcare services.
Furthermore, Nawangwe underscored the gravity of the responsibility entrusted to healthcare practitioners, urging them to approach patient care with unwavering vigilance. He urged them to exercise caution and precision in their interactions with patients.
Lugazi Diocese Bishop emeritus Rt. Rev. Dr. Mathias Ssekamanya, the guest of honour celebrant at the ceremony, lauded the graduates for their dedication to a path dedicated to preserving lives. He urged them to remain resolute in upholding the ethical standards of the medical profession.
Bishop Ssekamanya stressed that being a healthcare worker is not merely a job, but a divine calling from God to save lives. He urged practitioners to uphold the professional commitments they made, emphasizing the unethical practice of extracting money from the sick in exchange for their services.
Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examination Board – UNMEB executive secretary Birungi Nsamba Harriet, commended the founders of the institute and urged them to maintain the quality of the graduates, Ms Birungi urged the graduates to have discipline towards the patients they treat in hospitals.
Dr. Bossa Kiwanuka, the Principal of St. Francis  School of health science Nursing and Midwifery, commended the ministry of education’s guidance to the institute at every step they take.
Bossa applauded the parents for supporting the institute by sending their daughters and sons at st. Francis in big numbers

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