Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | ICT practicioners and stakeholders in the private and public sector in Uganda are meeting to help set digital milestones for the country at a consultative meeting at Sheraton Hotel on Thursday.
The workshop is organised by the Ministry of ICT and National Guidance, in partnership with INTEL, and aims to define Uganda’s Digital Vision.
At the start of the session, ICT Minister Frank Tumwebaze announced a major reduction by nearly 33% in data costs for government institutions.
“As I speak, government concluded the procurement of Bulk Internet Bandwidth for MDAs/LGs which shall lead to a reduction in the cost of Internet Bandwidth, ” Tumwebaze said.
“Effective July 1, 2017, the cost shall reduce from $300 to $190 per megabits per second per month for all Government MDAs, LGs and target user groups such as hospitals, research institutions, Business Process Outsourcing agencies and innovation hubs.”
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Tumwebaze explaind that the digital vision the ministry is formulating does not aim at undoing what has been made before, but to make things clearer. When approved by cabinet and passed by Parliament, it will become the overall ICT policy framework for the whole country.
“The digital vision will also enumerate measures on how to enhance digital literacy among the population so as to narrow the divide between the educated and the uneducated and generally change the mind-set about uptake of ICTs, ” said Tumwebaze, adding that “ICTs are here to stay and they can only continue advancing and disrupting the way we live.”
Prime Minsiter Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda is chief guest. (Click to read his remarks)
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