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Government to Promote ICT in Rural Uganda

Ministry of ICT and National Guidance has said it is making plans to increase internet penetration by extending ICT services to more people in the rural areas.

Julius peter Torach, Commissioner, information technology while making a presentation on the Digital Uganda Vision Strategic framework said government has done extremely well in putting in place ICT infrastructure.

He said however, that internet reach is still low because people especially the semi-illiterate lack ICT knowledge.

“Through the Rural Development Fund, the Ministry through Uganda Communications Commission has already established Computer Laboratories in over 1000 schools where students and people in the villages receive computer trainings,” he said.

“However, we need to take these trainings to even more people in villages, the small traders, the farmers so that more people can enjoy the advantages of digitalisation” he said.

Torach was speaking at the opening session of the 11th ICT4D international conference happening at the Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala.

The three-day conference organised by CRS and other partners, is being attended by over 900 attendees from over 85 countries representing over 400 international organizations, with focus on how ICT can be uses to better service delivery to the people especially those in need.

Speaking at the same function, Jennifer Poidatz, the Vice President, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Humanitarian Response said there was need for governments and other development partners to ensure that technology is in hands of those that can make better use of it in providing services to the locals.

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“It is not enough that we have technologies capability at our fingerprints. We have to get technology into the hands of local partners and program participants” she said

While making a presentation on Refugee Response in Uganda, Peter Batali, the executive director CTEN-Uganda elaborated on how Uganda is using ICT to change lives in refugee camps

“Through partnerships with government, and other tech- giants, we have been able to create faster reliable fibre network in refugee hosting camps that enable refugees connect to the rest of the world but also find a source of income” he said

During the conference, participants will hear fr scores of speakers on leading technology issues like artificial intelligence, use of ICT in agriculture, safe guarding and financial inclusion among others

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