Some 115 graduating youths with creative innovations on ICT from different universities in Tanzania have been trained on mobile applications free of charge.
This was facilitated by support from Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBI) in collaboration with Finland based mobile Company-NOKIA, aimed at helping Tanzania have ICT professionals to create mobile applications.
This was revealed on Friday by George Mulanula, Chief Executive Officer of the Dar Technohama Business Incubator (DTB1) during the prime ministers’ visit to DTBI to see its core functions.
Out of the graduating youths, 40 were drawn from different universities especially those who learnt ICT and are unemployed were trained on how to make a mobile applications system that can be used in the agricultural sector, E-commerce, social networking, education sector, health sector, finance department and other sectors.
The remaining 75 youths were trained on how to write applications using Android phone created by a US based company-Google.
DTBI in collaboration with NOKIA have decided to embark on the programme after noting there are small and medium entrepreneurs engaged in ICT projects.
The vision of DTBI and NOKIA firm in ICT is to help create new mobile applications systems in Tanzania that could be sold in different firms, create new job opportunities for youths engaged in ICT profession, and generate revenue through expertise.
Others includes to facilitate the growth of ICT entrepreneurship, generating new tax revenues for the country, create higher wages jobs as well as assist ICT-start-ups dramatically improve turn-over within the country,” he noted.
“Presently some of the graduating youths trained on making mobile applications have made mobile application systems that could be sold in different firms compared with their needs,” he said.
Motorvehicle Registration and Monitoring system, mobile afya system, Municipal Revenue Collection Manager (MRECOM) are the new mobile applications systems that have already made by graduating youths who have received training from DTBI.
He said Municipal Revenue Collection Manager (MRECOM) is a new system designed for municipals to collect revenue in a major area of revenue collection.
Currently Temeke Municipal Council has started using it and revenue collection has increased from Sh2bn to Sh9bn per year. The training was conducted for them for eight weeks using experts from Google Company and DTBI.
On graduation the youth have managed to create a Motorvehicle Registration and Monitoring system (MRMS) to support traffic police to reduce road accidents.
“Presently discussion between Dar es Salaam Traffic Police and DTBI is under way to see how traffic police would start to use this system to reduce road accidents, improving road safety and help them to bring in efficiency.
They also want to begin conducting testing of Motorvehicle Registration and Monitoring system before they hand-over to the traffic police subject to Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) approval.
“DTBI is a business driven but a not-for profit entity and is also an autonomous and private sector driven entity as assisting early stage ICT companies.
“This is done by lowering the cost of business and increasing the chances of business survival because of access to shared resources and building infrastructure and other issues,” said the CEO.