Tag: Africa4IR

The Uganda Free Zones Authority has issued Blockchain Technologies Ltd. a developer’s license to establish a free zone, the first of its kind in Africa, that will focus on Blockchain and emerging technologies.

The free zone will attract and host global companies in the digital market space, creating an environment where digital innovations can be set up, tested and commercialized with incentives and a supportive regulatory framework.

When fully operational, the free zone will have many benefits to Uganda, including increased Foreign Direct Investment, a more vibrant innovation ecosystem and increased job creation. This is in alignment with the government’s commitment to promote ICT and innovation as a cornerstone for national development, as articulated in Uganda’s Vision 2040.

Uganda is the first country in Africa to issue this kind of license, and the free zone will position the nation as a continental leader in blockchain technology and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. At the license ceremony, the acting Executive Director of Freezones Authority commended Blockchain Technologies Ltd, and its parent company CryptoSavannah, for being forward thinking. The free zone will have several incentives that will attract foreign direct investment, and provide an opportunity for young innovators to generate interest and investment in their ideas and products.

CryptoSavannah is proud to be part of this momentous occasion and looks forward to working with Uganda Free Zones Authority for the successful operationalization of the free zone.

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The “Future of Work” is one of the most important discussions today, with great debate focused on how technologies like Artificial intelligence (AI) and Robotics will impact jobs, wages and our skills of today. According to a 2018 WEF report on The Future of Jobs, it is predicted that by 2022 the job landscape will experience a structural change that will completely revolutionize how society sees and understands work.

Global labour markets are expected to undergo significant transformation in the five-year period between 2018 and 2022, with an estimated 75 million jobs being lost and another 133 million being created. Growing occupations include roles such as data analysts, software developers, big data specialists, jobs that are based on and enhanced by the use of technology. In addition to the acceleration of technological advancement, other factors like ease of commercialization, public adoption of new technologies and existing labour laws have significant influence on the rate at which these developments will accelerate workforce transformation.

What does this mean for the average Ugandan? The transformation projected in the global labour markets will as well be experienced in our local economies, and are already being seen. A report from The East African newspaper recently stated that in the 12 months to March 2019, the circulation of the two leading Ugandan dailies, New Vision and Daily Monitor has gone down by 4.27% while the circulation of the Sunday papers is down by 10.4%, and Bukedde by 16%.
The reality of change is one we face every day, and as Heraclitus the Greek philosopher put it, “Change is the only constant in life.”

Like the fisherman who sets his sail aright when the winds on the seas are blowing, so must leaders in society prepare the sails when the winds of change are blowing. Preparedness and courage to face change are the only remedy to the impending structural shifts in the global jobs landscape. New tasks demand new skills, and we must be ready to learn, unlearn and relearn where necessary. We must prepare ourselves, our systems, our society, and more importantly our young people for this impending change; and like a Ugandan through leader recently put it, “If we teach today’s students as we did yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.”

If you would like to participate in the discussion on “The Future of Work” get your ticket today and join us at the Africa Blockchain Conference 2019, where experts from Uganda, Africa and around the world will discuss this important subject, and more importantly, how to prepare for it.

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We are excited to confirm the attendance of His Excellency President Julius Maada Bio of Sierra to the Africa Blockchain Conference 2019.  President Bio will deliver the keynote address at the conference, and will be accompanied by his host, President Yoweri Museveni, both of whom will after their keynotes, then participate as panelists on the role of innovation in Africa’s transformation.

President Bio has a Master’s degree in International Affairs from the American University in Washington D.C, and is a cadet graduate from Sierra Leone’s prestigious Benguema Military Academy. At the age of 28, he led the coup that dislodged the then President and thereafter became a key member of the Supreme Council of State. Four years later, he led yet another coup to restore stability in the country, becoming President for three months, after which he handed over power to a democratically elected government. He then pursued a civilian career and studied international affairs in the United States, as well as governance in the UK.

Last year, President Bio won the general elections in Sierra Leone, and immediately embarked on a series of progressive reforms, among which included an executive order for free primary and secondary education. Free education, an increased budget and better teaching have been anchors of President Bio’s leadership, and the nation has since witnessed remarkable changes in the educational system. Within these reforms he has been a champion of innovation, including the impact of the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) on education.

The impact of 4IR on education will be discussed extensively under “The Future of Education” and “The Future of Work” topics at the Africa Blockchain Conference. Some of the other topics at the conference will include: (i) The future of digital financial services, (ii) Investment and business opportunities, (iii) SDGs in the era of 4IR, (iv) Regulation and taxation, (v) Bridging the gender gap, and more.

To participate in these session, as well as the others, get your ticket today, and join us at the Africa Blockchain Conference 2019, as we prepare Africa for the 4th Industrial Revolution.

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Africa’s place in 4th Industrial Revolution continues to receive a lot of media attention, ranging from stories about the Zipline drones delivery of blood in Rwanda, to Makerere University’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, and the recent ground breaking 3D printed ear surgery in South Africa, among others. Alongside the traditional media, the international respected research journals like Nature have similarly begun to take interest and cover the use of emerging technologies in Africa.

This week in particular, CNN covered the new Artificial Intelligence Lab which Google has opened in Ghana. This is a great step in advancing the work of AI on the continent, and in particular to the locally contextual African problems of agriculture, health and education, among others. This was precisely what President Museveni argued at the blockchain conference in Kampala last year; he argued that the new technologies of the 4th Industrial Revolution must be harnessed in order to solve the practical problems in Africa.

As we continue with our preparations this week, we are delighted that through the conference, we can make a contribution to shaping Africa’s place in the 4th Industrial Revolution. At this year’s conference on 3rd and 4th of July, Artificial Intelligence will be a cornerstone, representatives from Google will be in attendance, representatives from Nature will be in attendance, along with leaders globally in government, business, young entrepreneurs, innovators and many more.

Register today and join us, as we welcome the world to Ugnda in July, to explore the great opportunity for Africa in the 4th Industrial Revolution

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This week has been one the most important for the Africa Blockchain Conference, but more so, one of the most important in Uganda’s digital transformation and national development.

When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon 50 years ago, he muttered the historic words “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” These words have continued to reverberate throughout history when a seemingly ordinary act carries the weight of monumental importance.

This week, President Yoweri Museveni launched Uganda’s National Taskforce on the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), a feat akin to “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” in the context of Uganda’s digital transformation. As he launched the Taskforce, the President described the 4th Industrial Revolution as a new capacity in the human race, and reminded the nation that the primer of all social change was the advancement of science and technology, which must be integrated in order to use it well.

The appointment of a team to domesticate the 4th Industrial Revolution is a great step we celebrate as a nation, and is one we celebrate as the conference team because the creation of the Taskforce was a commitment made at last year’s conference by the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze.

As we celebrate this progress made from the 2018 conference, we are excited about the 2019 conference themed Africa 4.0, and look forward to creating and consolidating more such opportunities to which we can one day applaud as “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”

We look forward to your participation at the 2019 conference !

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