The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) engineering unit in partnership with the Ministry of Information Communications Technology (ICT) is set to construct a new technology and innovation hub in Kampala, approved ICT Minister, Frank Tumwebaze has said.
Tumwebaze made the revelation on Wednesday, May 10th while speaking to journalists at the sidelines of the Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.
He said “the innovation hub will offer free working space to innovators, computers and free wifi.”
According to Tumwebaze, the hub will be built at the Uganda Information and Technology Institute in Nakawa.
“We have USD5M (Approximately UShs15b) in the budget. Working together with UPDF engineering brigade, we shall build an innovation hub at the Uganda Information and Technology Institute, Nakawa,” he said.
“The land has already been identified and come July 2017, we shall be launching it.”
When finished, the hub will be the first government owned technology hub in the country and the 12th including the already established ones.
The construction project is part of government’s efforts to foster innovation in the country and digitize work in the respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies.
“We are in the final stages of tabling to Cabinet a digital strategy. This strategy will be setting out milestones for each sector,” said Tumwebaze.
“For instance the education sectors, what are the e-education parameters and e-government parameters. When we get government services online, you cut costs and you remove corruption. We also have to train IT engineers to work for the government – and remunerate them better,” he added.