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Uganda to showcase tourist attractions during Africa’s biggest tech conference and expo

President Museveni shakes hands with some members of the 4th Industrial Revolution Task Force which the President inaugurated in April to increase awareness of the comprehensiveness and speed of the technological revolution and draw a framework for adopting the technological revolution in Uganda. (PHOTO/PPU)

KAMPALA – Uganda will on the 3rd and 4th July 2019, be the center of activity as CryptoSavannah and the Blockchain Association of Uganda, in collaboration with the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance host the 2nd edition of the Africa Blockchain Conference, at the Kampala Serena Conference Center.

More than 3,000 participants from across the world will converge in Kampala to talk about leading technology innovations and how Africa can position herself to lead in the 4th Industrial revolution.

The conference theme “Africa 4.0:  Preparing Africa for the 4th Industrial Revolution” will focus on what the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) is, what opportunities it presents, what threats it poses and what Africa must do to leverage 4IR for its development. Alongside the conference, will run the “Africa 4.0 Tech Expo,” an experiential journey showcasing the leading technology innovations and applications in Africa.

Conference organisers CryptoSavannah, have stated that the conference will also pose an opportuntity for Uganda to showcase her beauty to the world. According to CryptoSavannah CEO Kwame Rugunda, who is also the chairman of the Africa Blockchain Conference, they have provided platforms for different players in the tourism industry to tap into the guest list and invite guests during and after the conference to go sightseeing and appreciate the marvels of the country.

“We do not even have to take the participants very far. We shall invite them to go as far as Jinja, as this is good enough to show how beautiful Uganda is,” Mr Rugunda said, adding that participants who will have time will be interested in taking their travels even further to game parks and beyond.

The event provides Uganda an opportunity to boost the recent tourism drives initiated by the ministry of Tourism, code named Tulambule (let us tour), which are aimed at promoting local tourism.

Uganda currently hosts close to two million tourists and according to Minister Godfrey Kiwanda, the target is to raise that number to three million this year. Game viewing is the most popular tourist activity in Uganda. Wild animals like lions, buffaloes, giraffes, antelopes, elephants are common in Uganda’s ten national parks. Uganda is one of only ten countries where it is possible to visit endangered gorillas. Mountain gorillas are Uganda’s prime tourist attraction.

The Conference and Tech Expo will host 3,000 people, comprising the public and private sector, experts and leaders from global technology companies, entrepreneurs, innovators, youth and government representatives. Topics to be discussed include: (i) Africa’s readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution, (ii) Fintech, payment systems and digital financial services, (iii) The future of work and education, (iv) SDGs and technology for impact.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), also known as Industry 4.0, is a new chapter in human development, that is enabled by extraordinary technology advances, and is fundamentally changing the way we live, work and relate to one another.

These technology advances including Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Drones and Robotics, among others are merging the physical, digital and biological spheres in ways that create both huge promise and potential peril. The speed, breadth and depth of 4th Industrial Revolution is forcing us to rethink how countries develop, how organisations create value, and even what it means to be human.

The President of Sierra Leone, H.E. Julius Maada Bio will attend and deliver the keynote address at the conference, which will be followed by an address by H.E. President Yoweri Museveni, and then a panel discussion with the audience on the conference theme, and how innovation can be harnessed to catalyze Africa’s transformation process.

Strategic partners Africa 2.0 Foundation and Ubuntu Coin, will bring synergies to the conference and mobilize all the continent’s driving forces., Africa 2.0 is a Pan-African Civil Society Organisation made up of a community of emerging and established young African leaders who share a collective vision for Africa. Ubuntu Coin is a digital gold-certificate 100% backed by gold that is divisible and transferable on the Blockchain. U-Gold’s raison d’être is to empower and provide Africans with equal opportunity to build wealth and instantly execute peer to peer international transactions and remittances transfers from their mobile phones and internet devices.

The Africa Blockchain Conference has already attracted global attention and several experts on 4IR are scheduled to attend and speak at the conference. The conference will host speakers and panelists from Uganda, Kenya and several African nations as well as others from Europe, the United States and Asia. The 2-day conference will also feature one of the largest tech exhibitions which will showcase the different unique technology innovations and developments and is garnered to be a highlight of its own.

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