First Tech­nol­ogy In­no­va­tion Hub

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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.

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