Computer News - In Brief

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- SA’s Department of Communications has awarded a tender to a consortium of consultants to undertake an inventory of databases to determine which are critical for the country. The consortium is made up of KPMG, GOBODO, ICT Works and Sizwe NtsalubaVSP. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

  - The United States government has given a grant of USD14m (about Ugsh28b) to support the information, communication and technology sector in Uganda. A memorandum of understanding which approves the funds to be channelled through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was signed recently between the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) and US government officials. The Government is carrying out a study for establishment of an incubation centre where experts would develop ideas for electronic devices.

- NamITech Limited and ActivCard, an international provider of digital identity technology, has announced a strategic partnership that will see NamITech becoming a reseller of ActivCard Solutions, in addition to manufacturing the smart cards integral to these solutions. The partnership will be driven out of NamITrust, the specialist security division within NamITech.