Saturday, January 19, 2013

Opportunity International IT Conference in Kigali

Opportunity International (OI) IT Conference took place in Kigali, Rwanda, for three days, January 16-18th, 2013. It was the first time that Kigali hosted the conference.

Kigali has been chosen as the conference site because UOB has been known to have established an exemplary IT infrastructure and has launched several IT-enabled initiatives, such as mobile branch, Open Sky communication platform, card solutions (UOB Grace Cards) and an innovative mobile banking platform, called mHose, in cooperation with mVISA.

A total of 26 delegates came from countries like, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Malawi, Ghana, Mozambique, DR Congo, Serbia, Romania, Colombia, Mexico, UK, USA and Bulgaria. Several key IT vendors also participated to discuss about the IT strategies that will affect Opportunity International's future
UOB's Mobile Branch
business strategies.

I had a separate meeting with OI GMO's Chief Information Officer, Robert, and Rosa who has newly joined OI recently as Director of Mobile Banking.

I also shared the Word briefly when I was welcoming them to Rwanda, the Land of Thousand Hills and Million Smiles. The Word was faith in action based on James 1:27 and James 2:22.

After the conference on Friday, we arranged for a quick city tour, including the visit to Genocide Memorial. We also provided a small gift of Rwandan peace basket sets. They all appreciated the Rwandan and UOB hospitality. May the IT strategy will provide operational effectiveness and efficiency for the implementing members to further their efforts. - Jeffrey

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