KAMPALA – The Second Edition of the Kampala Geopolitics Conference that kicked off on Thursday, October 17 – 18, ended on a high note. The conference focused on factors that influence society such as global challenges, regional trends, sustainable development goals, and culture.
Prominent personalities from an array of disciplines that included the French Ambassador H.E. Jules – Armand Aniambossou, Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, BBC News’ Allan Kasujja, Country Director KAS Uganda, Mathias Kamp, the founder of Malengo Foundation, Michelle Omamteker, founder Pan Africa Digital Media, Charles Onyango Obbo, and the Director Alliance Francaise, Morgane Guimier among others graced the occasion.
Ms. Alice Namuli Blazevic, head of technology and innovation at Ssempebwa & Co Advocates said, “I do not need to be in one place as a lawyer and this was not the situation 16 years ago. This is because of the power of technology. I remember those days we could stay in office till late in the night due to conferencing brought by different time zones. In the judicial system there is overload of work and such innovations are the solution because people get justice as it ought to be. The only challenge is those embracing tech for evil acts. We need to come up with standard ethics, laws to regulate this.”
Mr. Silver Kayondo, founder Drone Nerd Africa said the informal sector needs to get organised the way players like Safe Boda, Uber, Bolt and others have done in their niche.
“We have the most active market in the telco market and every merger comes with cost-cutting and with about 70 percent living in the rural settings,” Kayondo added.
Solomon King Benge, the founder Fundi Bots said, “The thing that worries people about artificial intelligence is taking over their jobs but the [real] worry is the misuse of the intelligence. Just look at the issue of fake news that spreads so fast and has a great impact. There is limited amount of control and that is why we should put laws to combat this.”
There was an exhibition and cultural tents from Alliance Francaise, Sexual Reproductive Health awareness by Reach a Hand Uganda plus stellar performances from Nutty Neithan, Nava Grey, Geo Steady, Nina Roz among others.