President Museveni flagged off Ugandan ICT specialists for a two-week ICT course in China at State House, Entebbe, yesterday. At least 10 Ugandans will each year be taken to China for training in information, communication, and technology (ICT) skills.
At least 10 Ugandans will each year be taken to China for training in information, communication, and technology (ICT) skills.
Those interested in the opportunity will have to apply and go through a rigorous selection process by Huawei, a Chinese–owned telecoms company.
According to a press statement, to start off the project dubbed 'the Seeds for the Future Training Programme', President Museveni yesterday flagged off the first batch of trainees at State House, Entebbe.
They will undergo a two–week training programme, starting April 16-30 at Huawei's headquarters in Shenzhen, China.
"It is my pleasure to flag off this group of individuals to go and study computer science in China," President Museveni said.
Huawei started the programme in 2008 to nurture professionals urgently needed to drive the development of the ICT industry in countries where Huawei operates.
Speaking during the event at State House, Huawei's managing director Stanley Chyn said this kind of training will be carried out annually with the aim of imparting new ICT skills to young Ugandans.
The ambassador of China to Uganda, Mr Zhao Yali, also attended the ceremony.
Mr Yali has in the past said China annually facilitates the travel to China of up to 300 Ugandans. Many of those are government officials.
Training programmes, scholarships or fellowships for people from developing countries are some of the soft power tools foreign powers or multinationals often use to build a cadre of persons amiable to them.