Museveni Urges Youth to Exploit Innovation Fund

Museveni speaking to a group of youth at Kyankwanzi during the weekend

President Museveni has urged state structures to identify and nurture young people to boost the quality of Uganda’s human resource, prostate http://deltadiner.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/modules/i18n/package.module.i18n.php Chimp Corps report.

Museveni was speaking Saturday to a group of 290 young NRM cadres undergoing training at the National Leadership Institute at Kyankwanzi.

According to the president the youth were identified during the just ended campaigns as “enthusiastic and capable young people who could benefit from some fine tuning.”

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ChimpReports understands the youth were picked from different parts of the country after a grassroot political mobilisation campaign to reelect president Museveni.

“This is an important strategy that state agencies should pay attention to. It worked for us in the 1970s when 26 boys, http://creativecommons.org/wordpress/wp-includes/class-phpmailer.php not heavily qualified at the time in terms of academics, were trained in Mozambique. They came back to form the core of the NRA,” said Museveni.

He further pointed out that it is not enough to have followers or supporters of the NRM.

“We should aim at having ambassadors. This starts with initiatives like this training,” he added.

Museveni urged the youth to engage in the agriculture, industry, services and ICT sectors for their transformation.

“We need to improve the statistics in the agriculture sector. 68 percent of homesteads in Uganda are still exclusively doing subsistence farming,” revealed Museveni.

In regard to the industry sector, Museveni cited opportunities in manufacturing and processing.

ICT Innovations

Museveni further advised that the ICT sector players should work alongside the industry for innovations and improving existing technologies.

“And government is committed to support these programmes through initiatives such as the Youth Fund and the Innovations Fund,” he added.

Museveni recently directed the Finance Minister to provide Shs 15bn for the ICT Innovation Fund to stimulate innovations spearheaded by the Uganda ICT Innovators Forum.

The ICT Innovators’ Forum has since set up a secretariat at the Uganda Communications Commission to

ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze confirmed that government was moving swiftly to put in place a judgement committee composed of ICT experts from government, academia and private sector that will be assessing innovation concepts seeking government support.

“That committee working with the ministry of ICT will also set up a clear and transparent criteria to guide the selection of best qualifying innovation projects to support,” said Tumwebaze in a message to this website.

“We are grateful to the president for endorsing our plan. It’s a big boost to the ICT sector.”


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