The Observer (Kampala)

Uganda: Kyambadde Urges Samsung to Further Explore Uganda

Trade and, Industry and Cooperatives minister Amelia Kyambadde has urged Ugandans to embrace information and communication technology to instil efficiency in their businesses.

"ICT is the driver for the economy and many businesses," she said.

Kyambadde was speaking at the closure of the Samsung week, when the company was exhibiting their products. The week closed with a consumer day when Samsung offered a 30%-40% discount on a number of their items.

Kyambadde also asked Samsung to bring products that use sustainable energy products. She said the whole world is moving towards energy - saving options. "I have seen your products, but we need those that can use sustainable energy like solar," she said.

Amos Mulago, the country director for Samsung, says Uganda is one of the growing markets in the region which need to be exploited. "Uganda is a promising market for our products and we commit ourselves to the country," he said.

Samsung's headquarters are in the larger market of Nairobi, Kenya. The company only has dealers in Uganda.

Kyambadde implored Samsung to set up an office in Uganda. "We too have created the needed conducive environment for business - open an office here and employ Ugandans. We have many qualified Ugandans who can work for you," she said.

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