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Uganda Sets Up Online Visa Application Portal. According to statistics from the directorate, over 60,000 applications for visas and permits have been completed and approved online since the software that functions through computers connected to internet was installed. Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control spokesperson Jacob Siminyu addressing the media.

PHOTO/Ramadhan Abbey Uganda has declared its new online visa application and approval system an efficient digital (visa) and permits management infrastructure following the end of a six-month period allowed by the service provider to determine its efficacy. The online visa portal was set up by Gamalto, a Netherlands’ technology firm, on July 1 last year at the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control in the internal affairs ministry in Kampala. The first phase of the setting up the portal which is linked to immigration facilities at border crossings cost $1,915,238 (about sh7b). Immigration officers in the processing room. Enhances security Reduced time. Uganda speeds visa issuance and. Uganda speeds visa issuance and strengthens border security with Gemalto Visa Management System Gemalto (Euronext NL0000400653 GTO), the world leader in digital security, is supplying Uganda’s Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control (DCIC) with its Coesys Visa Management that combines swift issuance of all visas and permits with biometric enrollment upon arrival.

Gemalto is supporting the new solution with integration, deployment, maintenance and training for Ugandan immigration officers. The new scheme allows the authorities to manage the entire visa life cycle from application to issuance. It will help the country achieve its goals to facilitate travel, enhance national security and protect a traveler’s identity against theft. This turnkey solution incorporates a convenient online portal to apply for visas and permits at any time prior to travel. About Gemalto Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to enterprise security and the internet of things. Mobile loans in Uganda hit over 1 billion in just 2 months since introduction – The Exchange. The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is set to partner with County governments to strengthen compliance in the remission of property rates.

According to the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA), property rates remain the greatest challenge in county revenue collection with most county governments issuing biannual amnesties to property owners to encourage them to comply with the law. Speaking during the 2nd Annual Tax Summit CRA Chairman Micah Cheserem says county revenues have grown to over Ksh. 35 billion shillings annually but counties are still highly dependent on the revenue share from the national government. ‘KRA has been talking about transforming into the Kenya revenue Service, part of this transformation should be collaboration with county governments.

KRA’s mandate is not only to serve the national government by to also enable counties meet their own revenue targets’ Mr. Cheserem said. KRA Commissioner for Domestic Taxes Mr. Ugandan creates 'digital mall' for on-demand services. Parent Category: Mobile Published on 02 June 2016 By Tom Jackson US-based company Kwiksy has launched its peer-to-peer payments app in Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda, allowing users to make international payments using only their mobile number at a cheaper rate than that charged by traditional providers. Kwiksy, which is available on Android and iOS, is described as a "digital mall" for on-demand services, with users able to offer and request on-demand services, send messages and make peer-to-peer payments. The app accommodates eight different currencies and is available in 30 countries. Kwiksy works by integrating with alternative financial service providers - such as the likes of Kenya's M-Pesa or Nigeria's Paga - that are local to the countries where a user may wish to transfer money to.

Users only require a cell phone number to make peer-to-peer payments. "Before Kwiksy, the costs associated with making or accepting payments between both individuals and businesses were high," he said. Uganda: Mobile Application for Livestock Diseases Rolled Out in Karamoja. By Steven Ariong Moroto — The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the National Animal Disease Diagnostic and Epidemiology Centre (NADDEC) of the Ministry of agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) launched an Event Mobile Application (EMA) for livestock disease surveillance in Karamoja Region.

EMA is a web based real-time technology that uses smartphone for making instant reporting on livestock disease. The technology will support the strengthening of early warning and disease surveillance capabilities and improve reporting and response to disease outbreaks in the Karamoja Region, which remains a 'hotbed of trans-boundary animal diseases.' Dr Orongo Walter, District Veterinary Officer, Moroto, while speaking at the launch, challenged veterinarians in Karamoja Region to make best use of EMA, and cautioned them not to replace the conventional reporting system. Dr. The launch/inception was followed by two-day training by EMA experts from NADDEC: Dr. BBC World Service - 100 Women, 100 Women 2015, Young, Geeky and Black: Kampala. Electronic system to check fake agro products in Uganda.

Counterfeit agricultural inputs, such as fertilisers with low nitrogen content, have been affecting farmers’ productivity. (Image source: Michael Shade/Wikimedia Commons) The new system is called Uganda National Bureau of Standards e-tag Goldkeys Agro-verification. It will use the e-tag quality certification and auditing service of Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) and mPedigree’s Goldkeys serialisation and authentication engine. This would create a channel for verifying not only the source and supply chain status of agro-inputs, but also their conformity to acceptable quality standards under the country’s laws and regulations. Starting next year, when the system is expected to come into effect, farmers will find a panel on the agriculture inputs they buy. mPedigree is a multinational technology firm based in Accra, Ghana, with operations in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa, United Kingdom, India and South Asia.

Untitled. Ugandans Model Android App To Help Curb Crime | Red Pepper | Breaking News | Uganda News | Gossip | News | Technology | Museveni | Besigye | OPM | Cranes | Askari means the police in Swahili, but often if you call in an emergency the overstretched police don’t actually come in Uganda. A local company called Vihlix based in Kampala have instead created an innovative android application called Askari that is aimed at helping the users keep themselves safe whether visiting or living in Uganda. Vihlix believes the police in Uganda are overstretched.

On top of that, people lack the relevant information about security in Uganda to help them make the right choices. Both the police and the people need extra help. It also has a feature that sends a danger zone alert and it vibrates once the user is within 100 metres of the danger zone. Murder rate of over 36% Uganda experiences a high number of crime ranging from robbery to terrorism.

Track stolen phones The app also has a feature that allows one to track phones via web and SMS messages if they get stolen. The company is targeting Smartphone users living in Uganda. Additional reporting by Apps Africa. The Observer - Mobile money transactions value hit Shs 19 trillion. Business Tuesday, 10 June 2014 21:39 Written by Alon Mwesigwa At least 14 million Ugandans used the mobile money platform to trade, send and receive money last year, putting it among the most used medium of transaction, according to Bank of Uganda.

The value of mobile money transactions jumped by 40 per cent to Shs 18.6tn last year, far more than Uganda’s resource envelope for this financial year, according to the central bank’s annual supervision report for 2013. Only Shs 11.7tn was transacted in 2012. The number of Ugandans using mobile money increased by 52.4 per cent to 14 million, twice more than the total bank accounts in the country. Many banks, for instance, have entered into partnerships with telecom companies to have mobile money included on their menu. The platform is now being used by different companies. Power distributor Umeme has advised its companies to use mobile phones to settle power bills.

Regulation. Uganda: Google to Offer Localised Data. Google is set to localise its content to fit the desires and needs of the Ugandan public. Through its latest search feature, Google Knowledge graphs, Google intends to give the web a more personal touch, depending on a person's habits. "The perfect search engine should understand exactly what you mean and give you back exactly what you want," said Google's country manager Ham Namakajjo. He described Google Knowledge graphs as the search engine that can personally relate to Ugandans. Namakajjo adds that the feature has pulled together a huge collection of information from internet users so as to better understand their needs.

"The graph aims to understand people's search queries and provide some added information in a box on the right hand side of the search results page," he said. Namakajjo said they are looking at more interesting applications. Uganda: Tablets to detect fake permits. Face Technologies, the company contracted to print and issue computerised driving permits, has provided a new solution to eliminate forged driving permits. 219432" alt="The tablets can be used to test the authenticity of driving permits" src=" test-the-authenticity-of-driving-permits.jpg" width="450" height="370" /> The tablets can be used to test the authenticity of driving permits The company has acquired and equipped the traffic police with the latest Samsung Tablets capable of linking to the computerised driving permits database.

Using the mobile phone network system, the traffic enforcement personnel can instantly check the validity and authenticity of any driving permit. By entering the permit number on the tablet, a connection is made with the database, and then a high resolution coloured picture of the permit is displayed. “We expect to drastically reduce the number of forged driving permits in circulation. Ugandan startup making it simpler for African migrants to send money home. A Ugandan startup is looking to change the way people transfer money from abroad by enabling remittances directly to mobile phone wallets.

Stone Atwine, co-founder and CEO of Redcore Interactive Redcore Interactive operates Remit, a platform that enables real-time debit and credit card and mobile money transfers from across the world to registered mobile money users in Uganda. Stone Atwine, co-founder and CEO of Redcore Interactive, told How we made it in Africa the company is hoping to transform international money transfers into Uganda. “We are making it easier, safer and faster for Ugandan migrants to send money back home.” Africans in the diaspora remitted a total of US$60bn to the continent via money transfer companies in 2012, according to a World Bank report.

Statistics show that it is more expensive for African migrants to send money back home than for any other migrant groups. International mobile money transfer The challenges “The big challenge right now is funding,” Atwine says.