First Technology Innovation Hub
Somalia has launched its first technology innovation hub aimed at providing technology solutions to some of the challenges facing the country.
A statement from the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) issued on October 8 said the vision of the hub, irise Hub, is to invest in the young generation and its future leaders by attracting social investors who can support youth enterprises.
“The hub offers young entrepreneurs a platform for technological innovations and collaborations, including business training, mentorship, free Internet connectivity, project evaluation and support during the incubation stages of their startups,” UNSOM said. The hub will also offer research and working space for young people keen on using technology to drive business.
irise Hub, which targets digitally empowered youth, banks on the fertile ground for technology and the widespread use of mobile telephony in Somalia to achieve its objectives.
Abdihakim Ainte, a 32-year- old technology entrepreneur and co-founder of irise Hub said they want to provide a platform where youth can unlock their potential by coming up with ideas on technology entrepreneurship. channel safety, vehicles and employee interests, Ma said.
SPB will encourage companies to become comprehensive logistical operators and increase their presence overseas, he added. It will also support state-owned enterprises in railway and civil aviation sectors to join the delivery market to integrate the postal industry with the transportation network, Ma said. In 2016, delivery volume of China’s courier sector accounted for more than 40 percent of the world’s total.