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Two Fellows on Ugandan government technology Task Force

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Two 2012 Fellows, Arinaitwe Rugyendo, the Director of Marketing & Digital Media at Pepper Publications Limited, and Vincent Bagiire, the Permanent Secretary in the Ugandan Ministry of Information and Communications Technology and National Guidance, have been appointed by President Yoweri Museveni as part of a 32-member team of experts picked from different sectors to spearhead Uganda’s journey in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Members of this National Task Force were selected from innovation hubs, the private sector, academia, civil society, Uganda’s development partners, and the government.

The 4th Industrial Revolution was first named around 2015 and includes technologies that combine hardware, software, and biology (cyber-physical systems), and emphasises advances in communication and connectivity.  It has come to mean technologies emerging in fields such as robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, quantum computing, biotechnology, IoT (the Internet of Things), the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), decentralized consensus, 5G wireless technologies, 3D printing, and fully autonomous vehicles.

According to ICT and National Guidance Minister Frank Tumwebaze the taskforce has a mandate to study the country’s chain of technology and advise on how best Uganda can harness emerging technologies for development. The group will advise the Ugandan Government on policy and ecosystems for the adoption and promotion of Fourth Industrial technologies, including human capital development, infrastructure and technology.

You can read more about media reports on the task force at Red Pepper.

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