The ?Innovation Africa conference? will run from September 30 to October 2, 2015 at the Speke Resort Munyonyo.

?Our goal is to attract increasing investment into education and technology in Africa through building meaningful, widely beneficial public-private partnerships,? said John Glassey, the chief executive of AfricanBrains, the organisers of the conference in a statement.

This will be the fifth conference in Education and Technology summits staged annually in different African countries by Africa Brains.

Uganda?s ministry of education will host this fifth meeting in Africa running under the theme ?Developing Skills for 21st Century Africa?. Global education and tech firms confirmed for the conference will include HP, Intel, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, Pearson, Canon and Samsung.

Uganda and most of Africa continues to grapple with an archaic education system that does not integrate modern day technology into its learning methods. It is meetings like this that hope to turn this tide slowly so that the citizenry from Africa are globally competitive.

Education and ICT ministers from 30 (thirty) countries in Africa will be in attendance at this year?s Innovation Africa Summit.

Event organisers, AfricanBrains, have confirmed attendance of ministers from Angola, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia & Zimbabwe.

?The conference is going to give leading industry players up-close opportunities to share the most up-to-date industry developments in education and ICT,? said Patrick Emmanuel Muinda, ministry of education assistant commissioner, communication and information management.

The main purpose for theses engagements and meeting is to enable international technology companies look out for investment opportunities in Uganda.

The previous Innovation Africa summits have taken place in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana and last year (2014) in Rwanda.

This year (2015), the summit is being held under the patronage of Uganda?s education ministry led by host minister Jessica Alupo Epel, minister of education, science, technology and sports.

The ministry will be hosting meetings throughout the summit with industry investors who can bring new technologies and skills to Uganda?s education sector.

Innovation Africa is recognized as the leading high-level forum for education, ICT and skills development in Africa. For ministers, deputies and senior officials it is their preferred annual event for engaging with industry partners in the unique meetings-based format.

Innovation Africa, has gained the support and endorsement of officials from over 35 African countries and in 2015 we will see record numbers of officials attending with the key purpose to engage with private sector partners.

By David Mugabe, The New Vision


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