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UCC Sets Record by Going Paperless

Eng. Mutabazi addressing innovators at Serena Hotel on Thursday
UCC boss Godfrey Mutabazi reading a statement from his mobile handset

Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is going paperless, starting July 11,2017, officials said Saturday.

A paperless office is a work environment in which the use of paper is eliminated or greatly reduced.

This is done by converting documents and other papers into digital form.

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Proponents claim that “going paperless” can save money, boost productivity, save space, make documentation and information sharing easier, keep personal information more secure, and help the environment.

UCC public relations officer, Pamela Ankunda said “all routing document for internal or external communication will now be done through the new system.”

She said this will “increase efficiency, and, contribute to the ongoing fights against Environmental degradation.”

If implemented, UCC will be the first entity in Uganda to go paperless.

However, some challenges are associated with “going paperless” as much of a business’s communication is with other businesses and individuals, as opposed to just being internal.

Electronic communication requires both the sender and the recipient to have easy access to appropriate software and hardware.

Officials say UCC’s move will encourage other government institutions to take on the paperless challenge to save the taxpayer of huge printing costs.

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