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Uganda exports 1st batch of locally made mobile phones to Morocco

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Uganda on Saturday flagged off the exportation of the first batch of locally made mobile phones, a minister announced.

Evelyn Anite, state minister for finance, investment and privatization, said in a tweet on Saturday she witnessed the flag-off of mobile phones made by a Chinese-owned company.

“This morning, I had the pleasure of flagging off the first batch of Ugandan made mobile phones manufactured by Uganda’s first phone manufacturing plant (SIMI Technologies) to Morocco,” Anite said.

“This is a step towards reducing Uganda’s import bill on ICT products and boosting export earnings,” she added.

According to the minister, the company currently provides employment to over 400 youths.

“This is as a result of the government of Uganda prioritizing investment in industrial parks to support industrialization and create quality jobs,” the minister said.

Anite said the plant was not only contributing to the economic growth and development of the country but it was immensely helping in building local capacity through transfer of ICT knowledge and skills.

“In addition to manufacturing phones and laptops, SIMI Technologies has also started manufacturing protective eyewear and affordable Digital Temperature Guns which will go for as low as 50,000 Ugandan Shillings (about 13 U.S. dollars) in an effort to help fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Anite said.

She said SIMI phones have already hit the Ugandan market.

The five-million-U.S.-dollar factor which is under Chinese electronics company Engo Holdings Group Limited, was launched by the country’s President Yoweri Museveni in November last year to manufacture phones and laptop computers.

SIMI is the first phone and laptop making factory in Uganda. It already has a factory in Ethiopia targeting markets in Cameroon and Morocco.

According to National Information Technology Authority, a state-owned agency, there are about 22 million mobile phone subscribers in Uganda. It says the sector is growing at 27 percent per annum.

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Uganda reports 40 new COVID-19 cases as tally rises to 457

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Uganda on Monday reported 40 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 457, a ministry of health statement said.

According to the statement, out of the 1,319 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities on Sunday, 23 Ugandan truck drivers and 17 contacts and alert cases tested positive for the virus.

Additionally, 31 foreign truck drivers including 11 Tanzanians, 19 Kenyans and Eritrean tested positive for COVID-19 and were handed over to their respective countries of origin, said the statement.

Out of the 457 COVID-19 cases, 72 have recovered and no one has died of the respiratory disease in the country, according to the ministry of health.

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Uganda records highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases

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Uganda’s Ministry of Health late Saturday reported 84 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily increase so far, bringing the nationwide tally to 413.

Out of the 1,835 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities in the last 24 hours, 52 Ugandan truck drivers and 32 contacts of previously confirmed cases under quarantine tested positive for the virus, the ministry said in a statement.

Additionally, 51 positive foreign truck drivers were handed over to their country of origin,’’ it said.

It has been the highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases since the index case was confirmed on March 21.

A total of 72 recoveries and no death has so far been reported in the country, according to the ministry.

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Uganda records highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases

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Kampala, May 31, 20-20 Uganda’s Ministry of Health late Saturday reported 84 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily increase so far, bringing the nationwide tally to 413.

Out of the 1,835 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities in the last 24 hours, 52 Ugandan truck drivers and 32 contacts of previously confirmed cases under quarantine tested positive for the virus, the ministry said in a statement.

Additionally, 51 positive foreign truck drivers were handed over to their country of origin,’’ it said.

It has been the highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases since the index case was confirmed on March 21.

A total of 72 recoveries and no death has been so far reported in the country, according to the ministry.

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Uganda records highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases

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Uganda’s ministry of health late Saturday reported 84 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily increase so far, bringing the nationwide tally to 413.

Out of the 1,835 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities in the last 24 hours, 52 Ugandan truck drivers and 32 contacts of previously confirmed cases under quarantine tested positive for the virus, the ministry said in a statement.

Additionally, 51 positive foreign truck drivers were handed over to their country of origin,” it said.

It has been the highest daily increase in COVID-19 cases since the index case was confirmed on March 21.

A total of 72 recoveries and no death has been so far reported in the country, according to the ministry.

(XINHUA)

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Uganda’s annual inflation down to 2.8 percent in May

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Uganda’s annual headline inflation rate dropped to 2.8 percent for the year ending in May, down from the previous 3.2 percent recorded in the year ending in April, the country’s statistics bureau said here on Friday.

“The decline in annual headline inflation is largely attributed to the annual food crops and related item inflation that is registered at a minus 4.4 percent for the year ending May 2020 compared to the minus 2.0 percent for the year ending April 2020,” the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) said in a statement.

During the period under review, the annual core inflation declined to 3.2 percent, compared with 3.4 percent recorded for the year ended April.

Sam Kaisiromwe, principal statistician at UBOS, said the decline of Uganda’s inflation has been also driven by the low demand for goods and services because of the lockdown in the country due to COVID-19.

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Uganda records 36 new cases of COVID-19, total tally now 317

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Uganda has recorded 36 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 317, the country’s Health Ministry said late Thursday.

Out of the 2,230 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities, 24 Ugandan truck drivers and 12 close contacts of previously confirmed cases under quarantine tested positive for the virus, the ministry said in a statement.

Twenty-six foreign truck drivers, who tested positive at the country’s common border entry points, were handed over to their country of origin, it said.

Out of the 317 COVID-19 cases, 69 have recovered and no one has died of the respiratory disease in the country, according to the health ministry.

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Uganda records 36 new cases of COVID-19, total tally now 317

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Uganda has recorded 36 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of infections to 317, the country’s health ministry said late Thursday.

Out of the 2,230 samples collected from cross-border cargo truck drivers and communities, 24 Ugandan truck drivers and 12 close contacts of previously confirmed cases under quarantine tested positive for the virus, the ministry said in a statement.

Twenty-six foreign truck drivers who tested positive at the country’s common border entry points were handed over to their country of origin, it said.

Out of the 317 COVID-19 cases, 69 have recovered and no one has died of the respiratory disease in the country, according to the health ministry.

(XINHUA)

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CNOOC endorses Tullow’s sale of Ugandan oil stake to Total

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China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) has endorsed Tullow’s sale of its stake in Uganda’s oil to Total, a French oil corporation.

Tullow, a British oil corporation, in a statement issued on Thursday said on May 26 it received a notice from CNOOC saying the Chinese oil giant had elected not to exercise its preemption rights.

Tullow on April 23 announced that it had agreed the sale of its assets in Uganda to Total and that CNOOC had rights of preemption to acquire 50 percent of these assets on the same terms and conditions as Total.

Tullow, CNOOC and Total have an equal stake in Uganda’s oil sector.

Tullow said in the statement that following CNOOC‘s no-objection, there are no changes to the previously announced transaction or timeline and Tullow continues to expect the transaction to complete in the second half of 2020.

The British oil corporation said the 575 million U.S. dollars transaction still remains subject to a number of conditions, including approval by Tullow’s shareholders, and Uganda government tax agreements among others.

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Uganda reports 28 new COVID-19 cases, total reaches 281

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Uganda’s Ministry of Health reported on Wednesday 28 new cases of COVID-19 in the country, taking its total to 281.

Of the 2,004 samples collected from cross-border drivers and the community, 21 Ugandan truck drivers who arrived from neighboring South Sudan via the Elegu border point and seven contacts of previously confirmed patients under quarantine tested positive for the virus, the ministry said in a statement.

A total of 69 patients have recovered so far, with no deaths recorded, it added.

On Tuesday, the country began a phased reopening as it eased restrictions imposed in March to contain the pandemic.

Private transport, shops, hotels and restaurants have no resumed operations, alongside strict social distancing measures.

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