Smart Telecom Extends Network to Mbale

President Museveni has launched and flagged off the National Organizing Committee for the International Scouts Centenary Jamboree, website like this Uganda 2015 that is expected to take place at Kaazi National Scout site.

The President also extended an invitation to Scouts all over the world to come and attend the International Centenary Jamboree in Uganda next year.

“I have the pleasure of now launching officially the National Committee for the International Scouts Centenary Jamboree Uganda, check 2015. I ask all government Ministries, for sale departments and agencies, the private sector and general public to strongly support the successful organization of this important international event. I welcome all international Scouts from around the world to come and attend this international Jamboree. Uganda is prepared and ready to host you,” he said.

The President performed the launching ceremony at State House, Nakasero on Friday.

The International Scouts Centenary Jamboree Uganda 2015, is expected to take place from 18 -28 October next year. The event is expected to attract over 15,000 Scouts from 163 member countries.

As part of ensuring the success of the occasion, the National Organizing Committee has also planned to establish expedition centres in the districts of Jinja, Mbale, Soroti, Nwoya, Arua, Mbarara, among others, with a view to bringing the Jamboree experience to several communities across Uganda.

According to the Committee, an estimated budget of Shs.17 billion is required for the celebrations.

President Museveni, who is the Patron of the Scouts’ Association in Uganda, pledged the government’s support towards the celebrations. He expressed happiness that Uganda is celebrating this important event adding that the government will extend its support to the arrangements to ensure that the celebrations are a success.

Mr. Museveni advised the National Organizing Committee to use the opportunity of the centenary celebrations to develop Kaazi Camp site to a permanent place with all the necessary facilities that can be used to host a variety of activities and social occasions in order to raise income for Scouts.

The Chairperson of the National Organising Committee Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, who is also Gender Minister, reported that the World Scouts Bureau requires, as part of the International Jamboree etiquette, that President Museveni as the Patron of the Uganda Scouts’ Association, extend an official invitation to all Patrons and Heads of State of the 163 member countries to attend the Jamboree.

The National Steering Committee has also endorsed the Uganda Scouts Association host the 16th Africa Scout Conference as well as the 7th Africa Youth Forum as part of the International Jamboree events.

National Organizing Committee members include, among others, Chairperson, Brig. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, Commander Special Forces Command as 2nd Deputy Chairperson, Prof. Maggie Kigozi, Chief Scout as 3rd Chairperson and Inspector General of Police, Gen. Kale Kayihura, (IGP) is 4th Deputy Chairperson.

In a move aimed at taking its services closer to Ugandans as well as widen its geographical presence, physician Smart this week launched its services in Mbale, site Eastern Uganda.

The introduction of Smart Uganda’s products and services in Mbale, Uganda’s third largest town will enable the telecom expand its proven social enterprise with the aim of making measurable social impact in the community.

Building upon the Agha Khan Development Network’s (AKDN) longstanding ties to East Africa, Smart entered Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda as the only telecommunications operator with one, unified East African network, with a commitment to embrace local cultures and values and positively impacting the communities in which it operates.

Speaking during the official opening of the Mbale Office, Omer Maghoub, and Smart’s Commercial Director explained that the expansion of Smart into the Eastern region would enable the company take innovative and people-centric services to the people that need them.

“By opening up our new offices in Mbale, we are getting closer to the customer.  This will be a one-stop shop for all our products and services.  This means we are bringing a quality network that is affordable, accessible and available,” he said.

The Mayor Mbale Municipality, Mr. Mutwalib Zandya Mafabi commended Smart for choosing his town as the starting point in the telecom’s expansion plan.

“This shows that development is coming to my town and my people will benefit immensely from the ripple effect of your presence here. This will help the economic momentum of this town. We shall work together to ensure that our investors are protected,” he said.

In an initial effort to build human capacity, Smart has established a “Talent Pipeline” that aims to empower and recruit the best young, African talent from local universities. Smart employs a young, dynamic staff and aims to fill positions by hiring high-potential individuals straight from local universities. So far, 120 staff have come from this pipeline.

while entering the Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda market, SMART gave East Africans a chance to recommend a name during the “Give Us A Name” campaign. This was done to give East African’s a say in the telecom’s undertakings and embrace each markets’ local culture and values.


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