September 27, 2011: Three years incubation centers permitted for Indian and Kenya firms in Uganda.
National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U) raised white flag for three incubation call centers in Uganda earlier this week. It is the Indian and Kenyan firms Dhanush, Raps-Spanco and TechnoBrain respectively which has been given the privilege to run pilot call centers in the nation for the period of three years by the authorities.
The authorities also detailed that the selection was made on behalf of the bidding held in the month of July. Out the many companies applied, these three could win the bid and also fulfills other legal requirements, the authorities added.
Government in Uganda has warmly welcomed the outsourcing service providers to be run in the country and has also decided to provide assistance to the firms. The government authorities will provide the call centers with subsidies and free land and building assistance for their office. There is also declaration that government will be providing internet bandwidth facilities.
National Information Technology Authority (NITA-U) also made it clear that at present there is huge shortage of infrastructural facilities and skilled work force in the nation. But along with the help of Government authorities in Uganda, NITA-U says it is expected to overcome the current constraints. NITA-U is also planning to train more professional and young graduates to become more efficient in delivering high quality services to the clients. As far as Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) jobs or call center jobs are concerned the fundamental skill needed is the proficiency in the language English.
The Indian and Kenyan firms are expected to provide employment form more than 500 experienced as well as inexperienced people in financial year. This will not only bring a relief to the unemployment issues in the nation but also can change the face of Uganda in the global competitive world. The nation has decided to tap each and every opportunities available in the Business Process outsourcing (BPO) sector to enhance the standard of living of the people.
The industry also foresees that for a long run competitive survival it should have to mature and develop more. The current strategy to host call centers run by India will help Uganda to explore more about the BPO industry and business scope in the industry.
The nations expects that collaboration between ICT and the government will bring drastic changes to the present scenario and the contribution by Indian firms, which has top class experience in call center and BPO related business will be added benefits.