The Ministry of ICT and National Guidance in Uganda has successfully completed the installation of high-speed internet connectivity at key locations to enhance user experience during the events in preparation for the upcoming Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and Group of 77 + China summits. Dr Chris Baryomunsi, the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, shared details during a weekly media briefing, highlighting the deployment of Wifi-6, the latest and most advanced Wifi technology designed to ensure efficient network performance, especially in crowded conditions.
Dr Baryomunsi specified that the upgraded internet services using Wifi-6 are now operational at significant locations such as Entebbe International Airport, Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kajjansi junctions, Entebbe Expressway toll gate, and Hotel Africana, identified as a major media center for the summits. The minister emphasized the crucial role of the internet, particularly at Hotel Africana, in facilitating the smooth flow of information to both local and international journalists covering the summit.
Furthermore, the Ministry has taken steps to support the summits by establishing dedicated websites for NAM and G77, fortified with robust web firewall applications to ensure the security of all content. Dr Baryomunsi affirmed that the high-speed internet infrastructure set up for the summits will remain accessible to Ugandans even after the events conclude.
In an additional development, the new conference center at Munyonyo, equipped with the latest technology, is set to open today according to the ICT ministry. The minister urged unity among politicians and the public, emphasizing that the conferences transcend political affiliations, and urged everyone to work together for the benefit of the country.
Parallel to these preparations, the UN Women, in collaboration with the government, organized an exhibition at Serena Hotel Kigo named “Source of the Nile Women in Agribusiness Expo/summit.” The exhibition, featuring 40 women showcasing various crops grown in Uganda, serves as a platform for international delegates. Ms Paulina Chiwangu, the UN Women Resident Representative in Uganda, highlighted the importance of the exhibition, emphasizing its role as a launchpad for future NAM women investment summits. She emphasized the need for partnerships to foster investments in women’s entry into value addition and agro-processing activities, citing the significant contribution of women to Uganda’s agriculture sector.