Eight letters of intent were signed between the Egyptian ministry of information and communication technology (ICT) has and the ICT ministry Uganda to build a smart technology village and establish a cyber security facility. Dr Tarek Kamil, the Egyptian minister of ICT at the meeting with the local ICT industry leaders last week mentioned that a strong partnership is being sought for Africa.
Among the areas of support and cooperation will be training 3,000 graduates on practical skills, using ICT for documentation of culture and national heritage, establishing business process outsourcing facilities, upgrading training institutions and establishing computer emergency response teams. Country churns out around 1,000 graduates from its universities annually; however, Uganda's business process outsourcing industry is yet to kick off on a massive scale. This number could be absorbed in the sector because of its sheer ability to employ large numbers. While Uganda has steadily enhanced its ICT skills base through education, it is yet to get to the stage of focusing on innovation and exports of the sector products to earn large revenues.