Week 2: President Museveni launches Taskforce on 4IR

Ladies and Gentlemen,

This week has been one the most important for the Africa Blockchain Conference, but more so, one of the most important in Uganda’s digital transformation and national development.

When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon 50 years ago, he muttered the historic words “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” These words have continued to reverberate throughout history when a seemingly ordinary act carries the weight of monumental importance.

This week, President Yoweri Museveni launched Uganda’s National Taskforce on the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR), a feat akin to “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” in the context of Uganda’s digital transformation. As he launched the Taskforce, the President described the 4th Industrial Revolution as a new capacity in the human race, and reminded the nation that the primer of all social change was the advancement of science and technology, which must be integrated in order to use it well.

The appointment of a team to domesticate the 4th Industrial Revolution is a great step we celebrate as a nation, and is one we celebrate as the conference team because the creation of the Taskforce was a commitment made at last year’s conference by the Minister of ICT and National Guidance, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze.

As we celebrate this progress made from the 2018 conference, we are excited about the 2019 conference themed Africa 4.0, and look forward to creating and consolidating more such opportunities to which we can one day applaud as “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”

We look forward to your participation at the 2019 conference !