ICT Association To Be A Value Adding Partner To The Government

more about geneva;”>According to Mr. Simon Kaheru, Chairman ICTAU, the Association aspires to be the primary lobby group for the ICT sector and an advisory value adding partner to the Government of Uganda.

He said the association will push for research and training in the ICT sector. This was at the official launch of ICTAU on Thursday at Sheraton Hotel in Kampala.

Kaheru said ICTAU idea was conceptualized in 2011 mainly set up to incorporate ICT SMEs, Large Businesses and Stake holders into an association.

The ICTAU Chairman, Mr. Simon Kaheru at the launch of the association

He noted that the association founders acknowledged that Ugandans have a lot of potential, which needed to be tapped.


“The vision of ICTAU is to contribute to UG technological development by organizing all stakeholders which it has been lacking. ICTAU’s Mission is to strengthen an effective network between all practitioners, researchers, policy makers,” he said.

Kaheru affirmed that there is no business sector that doesn’t use ICT in one way or another in Uganda and worldwide.

He also revealed that the association will collaborate with National IT Authority (NITA) in forming an ICT hub. “The Association seeks to make Uganda’s ICTs more competitive globally, and increase ICT use and development,” he said.

Some of the objectives of ICTAU are to create a brand proportion of ICT sector, promote competition of the ICT sector of Uganda internationally, increase UCT access and adoption in Uganda and create Pro-Active, positive lobby for the ICT sector in Uganda.

He added: “A secretariat is going to be put in place after the association.”

He further noted that in four months the ICTAU will hold its first AGM where board members will be elected. The current association’s board members are Albert Mucunguzi, Charles Olupot, Boaz Shani, Evelyn Namara, Simon Vass and Simon Kaheru.

The National Information Technology Authority, Executive Director said NITA has previously supported similar associations and will be a great supporter of the Association.

He added that the government has pledged support to ICTAU grow to be an industry association.

However, Hon. Vincent Bagiire, the Vice-person of the ICT Committee asked ICTAU to lobby government to increase funding in the ICT industry. He asked Government to introduce ICT Innovations fund, to support innovation and local talent.

ICTAU Board members

ICT Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, the Chief Guest at the launch said the ICT association establishment is in line with the government’s policy on ICT.

He said ICTAU will contribute to the ICT sector in Uganda by contributing towards professionalism to increase Uganda’s global competitive.

He further noted that the Association has come at the right time to help the ICT sector in Uganda. “Where you go all over the world, you will meet a number of Ugandans in key positions in the ICT sectors,” he said.

“ICTAU should focus on protecting the rights of the business sector and is encouraged to help the Private sector foundation,” said Rugunda. “The primary work of ICTAU is to make sure other sectors function so well because of ICT,” he added.

The minister was also presented with a certificate as the first member of ICTAU. Among others individuals and companies which were presented with corporate certificates from ICTAU include UGO, MUBS, SMS Media and Thought Works Uganda.

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