The call for entries to the 7th edition of the Uganda Film Festival (UFF) enters its second week. From 25th to 29th November 2019, film enthusiasts and the public will be treated to the best that the Uganda film industry has to offer – from the film exhibition market to film screenings to workshops and forums. Entries must reach Uganda Communications Commission offices in Bugolobi, Communications House in the city centre, or our web site by the end of 15 September 2019. https://wp.me/paP880-nX, https://wp.me/paP880-o6
The second phase of the school connectivity regional sensitisation workshops under which academic institutions are supported with reliable internet services to improve learning in rural schools concluded in Kampala, following earlier workshops in Gulu, Mbale and Mbarara. During the event at Kololo SS in Kampala on Thursday, the Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) unveiled the Holistic eLearning Project (HeLP), a pilot educational programme through which disadvantaged schools will be empowered to keep up with their more privileged counterparts through e-learning. https://wp.me/paP880-oH
The Commission sponsored and participated at the Inaugural Uganda – Germany Investment Symposium (UGIS) hosted by MUNI University in Arua City in partnership with Uganda Investment Authority. The Symposium which run from 8th to 9th August 2019 under the theme “Transformation of Africa’s Upper Nile Valley through Pan African Peace Building & Holistic Development” aimed to rebrand West Nile as an investment destination. As a regulator, facilitator, enabler and promoter of the coordinated and sustainable growth and development of Uganda’s communications sector, the Commission is aligned to support the same.
A tooling and retooling exercise for secondary school teachers is underway countrywide. The Commission under the Rural Communications Development Fund (RCDF) working with KAWA are conducting a countrywide capacity building exercise for teachers from schools that have previously benefited from the RCDF computer lab project. The program is equipping teachers with skills on integrating ICTs in their teaching, thus optimising the available ICT infrastructure.
The Commission working with Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), UNHCR and Telecom Operators issued a directive to improve access to SIM cards for refugees. There are 1.2M registered refugees, and only 400,000 have managed to acquire refuge Identification Cards. However, all refugees have attestation letters that contain valid information of the individual refugees. To enable individual SIM registration, the Commission took into consideration the Attestation letter as an additional registration document for SIM card registration after confirmation by OPM that it is a valid ID for the family and individual.
There is an ongoing engagement as a result of Eaton Towers Uganda Ltd applying to the Commission for consent to transfer its license to ATC Heston BV Netherlands. This has been accompanied by an application for grant of a PIP license from ATC Heston BV Netherlands. If approved, the proposed transactions will render ATC Uganda Limited, a dominant provider of passive infrastructure services in the telecommunications sector in Uganda. The Commission is required to consider the public interest before determining whether or not to grant an application for grant/merger of license. A request for comments from the public will be published in the dailies on Monday 19th August 2019.
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