16 June 2012

Tanzania: Dar Firm to Conduct ICT Business Competition

GOOGLE in collaboration with Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBI) have a plan to conduct a business competition through ICT programmes to impart knowledge and skills to the youth.

The Chief Executive Officer of DTBI, Mr George Mulamula said the competition is expected to start in September to be conducted in seven African different countries, including Tanzania."The aim of the competition is to search for creative entrepreneurs through technology, and help them venture into global business," he said.

According to Mr Mulamula, the best creative person would be awarded 30,000 US dollars and would travel to California in US for training.Mr Mulamula was speaking during the official closing of the first Nokia Mobile Application Training Programme.

The programme was launched by the Deputy Minister for Communications, Science and Technology Mr January Makamba with the aim of empowering Tanzanians to connect to the rest of the world, through innovations and creativity in the mobile arena.The programme was funded by the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTEC) in collaboration with DTBI and Nokia Tanzania.

According to Mr Mulamula, the programme aims at equipping new set of developers with skills to create successful mobile content developers in Tanzania. About 30 students attended the programme.In his closing remarks, the Deputy Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Communication, Dr Patrick Makungu commended DTBI and COSTEC for conducting the training.

"A structured and adequate framework is imperative for growth and I'm happy to see that DTBI has tried. I encourage them to continue with the programme," he said.According to Dr Makungu, ICT is the fastest growing sector in the economy and has capacity to contribute significantly to the country's GDP.

He said statistics indicate that mobile subscribers grew from 300,000 in 2000 to 26,000,000 in May 2012. He said the country was digitally connected by mobile phones than computers.

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