URA Tops Government Agencies in Acia Awards

Uganda’s tax governing body, viagra order Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) was on Friday awarded the country’s best government organization at providing e-Government services in the Acia 2016 awards.

At the ceremony presided over by the Minister for ICT, Eng. John Nasasira, the tax collectors were pronounced winners, beating eleven other Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that were nominated in the same category.

The award category was a special one, being the first since the introduction of the Acia Awards in 2010 and unlike the other categories, it was decided by a public vote.

Other government MDAs that were nominated in the category include; The Education Service Commission, Inspectorate of Government (IGG), Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MoFPED), Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MoGLSD), Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development (MoLHUD), National Medical Stores (NMS), National Social Security Fund (NSSF), National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA)

The Authority presented “AskURA”, an app that leverages the proliferation of the mobile platforms to provide efficient, fast and convenient service delivery solutions. The app is also complimented by a Mobile Tax Payment solution that allows taxpayers to pay taxes using mobile payments and point of sale terminals hence eliminating obstacles to tax compliance.

Other winners of the different categories included:

Bushenyi Parental Care Nursery and Primary School – Young ICT Innovators Award – Uganda ICT explorers (Primary School)

Kako Senior Secondary School – Young ICT Innovators Award – Uganda’s ICT Rising Stars (secondary School)

Natal Systems (Natalsys) – Young ICT Innovators Award – Uganda’s ICT Visionaries (Youth below age of 28years)

Thin Void Tambula – ICT for Development Award

Mixa Kids – Digital Content Award

Umeme Mobile App – Business Excellence Award

Airtel Uganda Tugabane – Service Excellence Award.

In his remarks, Minister Nasasira lauded Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) for organizing and recognizing innovators saying that “No country can develop without innovation”.

He noted that since the awards were introduced, a link for following up innovators, empowering and financing them has been missing and promised that the ministry would include an innovation fund in its budget to cater for the same.

Nasasira warned against use of technology and social media to commit crime and advised that people should use their freedoms of communication to promote peace, business and development.

“Everything must be used responsibly, if you haven’t reached a level to use technology, don’t get exposed to it,” Nasasira advised.

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