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Museveni Backs New ICT Ministry’s Masterplan

ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze addressing a press conference last week

President Museveni has thrown his weight behind the ICT Ministry’s new masterplan aimed at revolutionarising the use of technology in the country.

“I met the ICT Ministry led by Frank Tumwebaze under ongoing sector meetings. I approved their elaborate plans to support the ICT sector, information pills http://ciencialili.org/plugins/editors/none/none.php ” said President Museveni in a message on Sunday.

Tumwebaze who spoke to ChimpReports on Monday morning said some of the plans Museveni fully endorsed and pledged to support include the ICT Innovation Fund.

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Museveni recently directed the Finance Ministry to provide Shs 15bn for the ICT Innovation Fund to stimulate innovations spearheaded by the Uganda ICT Innovators Forum.

The ICT Innovators’ Forum has since set up a secretariat at the Uganda Communications Commission to spearhead development of the innovations sector.

Tumwebaze confirmed then that government was moving swiftly to put in place a judgement committee composed of ICT experts from government, link academia and private sector that will be assessing innovation concepts seeking government support.

Other plans supported by the President include the strategy to revamp UBC and opening up of communication by launching the month OPEN Government sessions where each ministry will come to account to the citizens in an open session live on all platforms.

This, said Tumwebaze, will foster accountability in public institutions.

Museveni yesterday endorsed plans to reduce cost of internet, establishment of a government citizen interaction centre (GCIC) with a 24-hour call centre and a harmonised country brand that currently the Ministry of ICT in collaboration with other government agencies is spearheading.

“We are energized by the President’s endorsement. We remain committed to turn Uganda a fully digital society and fully open up government with timely and factually effective communication,” said Tumwebaze.

Research shows that one fifth       of    all    economic  growth       in      the   EU during        the   period        of     1995 to    2010 can   be attributed       to    ICT        investments.

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