By Kato Mivule
Reports are that Uganda will host a ‘Global IT Outsourcing Expo’…with purpose of course aimed at attracting Investors to Uganda with jobs from the West. However, Global economics seem to dictate otherwise….
Kampala, Uganda — Uganda may soon turn into a centre for hosting international and regional conferences and trade fairs. Among the many conferences it has hosted since CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) in November 2007, Uganda will host an international trade expo in business and professional services come March 2009. The expo will be the first of its kind in Africa and in the developing countries. The focus of the expo will be promotion of trade in services and increasing visibility of the services trading firms in the country, region and on the international scene. Amos Tindyebwa, the Executive Director Uganda Trade and Business Development Centre (TBDC) said the expo is expected to attract over 2,000 companies and enterprises worldwide in areas of business process outsourcing (BPO), call centre services, website hosting, data centre hosting, help desk services, aviation, media and communication, banking and insurance, tour and travel among others.
Uganda: Kampala to Host Global IT Outsourcing Expo
Many countries are going into a ‘Protectionism’ frenzy and fearing the backlash of their own citizens, they will push to preserve jobs in their own countries. However, it will be a good PR for Uganda once again to have such high profile meeting.
The best Uganda can do is show case her own Technological Advancements, if any, and what they can offer to the rest of Africa in terms of Information Technology so as to capture a sizable chunk of the African Market.
I don’t think that we are going to see a flood of investors setup Call Centers allover Uganda, those days are largely gone with the current economic down turn. However, this is another platform that Uganda and use to show case her I.T advancements.