Mbabazi: Gov't To Bolster Workforce ICT Competence

dosage geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 115%;”>He was on Monday opening up a 5-day training workshop of on Foundations of Government Information Leadership in Kampala.

ask geneva;”>The event was organised by Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU), alongside United Nations University (UNU) and National Information Technology Authority – Uganda (NITA-U) where policy makers, decision makers, public managers and Government Chief Information officers [GCIO] are to be acquainted with various skills in e-government.

Mbabazi said at the function that such capacity building initiatives are a welcome and imperative component of enhancing the use of ICT in delivering of government services.

“To-date, ICT has revolutionized the way we live and do business, and many societies are becoming more and more dependent on ICT,” he said.

Mbabazi added: “In the National Development Plan and Vision 2040 for Uganda and under the fourth phase of the Presidential Investors Round Table (PIRT), ICT is one of the priority sectors, the others being oil and gas, and agriculture.”

In Kenya, the government recently unveiled implementation of the Konza Techno City, Kenya Vision 2030’sflagship project aimed at fostering the growth of the technology industry in Kenya.

In Rwanda, the government is currently developing an ICT park for supporting the growth of key sectors namely; Energy, Internet, multimedia and mobile telecommunication, Knowledge, E-Government, Financial and ICT Service and export.

Mbabazi revealed that cabinet had approved the national E-Government Policy framework under the National Information Technology Authority that is aimed at integrating ICT in all government service provision.

The training, thus, he said, is timely and a valuable contribution towards implementation of this policy.

He, however, noted that capacity for effective design for delivery of E-government services is still a challenge in the East African region due to issue like ICT being a relatively new field and complexity of government service delivery chain, among others, adding that the training would make an important contribution in addressing these gaps.

“Government of Uganda will continue to support capacity building initiatives to enhance use of ICT in service delivery,” he noted.

“You may also be aware that the Cyber Laws are now operational in most East African countries which provide a secure environment for electronic information and electronic transactions. With the necessary legal framework set, capacity building in e-government service delivery is needed to expedite E-government service to citizens.”

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