Wednesday July 9 2014

Govt promises to invest more in research, talent retention



Government will invest more in research and young talent retention in order to control brain drain.
This was revealed by Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi while launching Africa One, a web application developer, in Kampala recently.
Mr Mbabazi was reacting to suggestions by the chief executive officer Africa One, Mr Yusuf Kayiwa, that young, talented and skillful Ugandan technologists are fleeing the country in search of greener pasture in Rwanda, Kenya as well as western countries.

Need for ICT agency
Mr Kayiwa told the Prime Minister, who was the chief guest, that there is need to create an ICT agency that will nurture and retain talents that are capable of creating ground-breaking innovations.
“We need a partnership with government. And that can be done through creating a platform or an entity whose mandate will strictly be helping young people with talent to grow and shine in the area of ICT,” he said.
To help more young people tap into ICT related businesses, Mr Kayiwa suggested that government should invest in building servers, an important segment of ICT but very costly to many young industry players.