Stakeholders in the ICT sector have been called to embrace the Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU) initiative to spur economic transformation in the sector.
While addressing stakeholders at Fairway Hotel in Kampala, Albert Mucunguzi the Board Chairman Information Communication Technology Association of Uganda (ICTAU) stressed the important of supporting local content.
“As players in the provision of ICT products and services, it’s important that we support our local enterprises and invest in the delivery of quality services so that we are valuable to other industries,” he said.
“As ICTAU, we pledge to continue creating an effective network between all industry practitioners, researchers, policy makers, developers to facilitate collaboration in the development of information communication technology in Uganda”
Mucunguzi added that by embracing BUBU, the ICT sector in Uganda will become more competitive when ICT solutions and service providers are certified.
Since the FY 2016/17, all ICT services and products are required to be certified by national information technology Authority (NITA-U).
The director of planning research and development at NITA-U Dr. Fredrick Kitoogo said that the IT certification project (ITCP) was formulated for standardization in planning, acquisition, implementation, delivery, support and maintenance of information technology equipment and services to ensure uniformity in quality, adequacy and reliability of information technology usage throughout Uganda.
On the issue of procurement being given to foreign companies, Kitoogo said the initiative of certification that is being undertaken for ICT providers is one of the steps that will ensure that they attest the competence of local companies to provide ICT services.
“Therefore this initiative of ICT certification is there to build the capacity of local providers to be able to provide services,” he said
Kitoogo added that this step is another avenue to ensure that if foreign companies want to partner with local companies they know who exactly to partner with.
“They (foreign companies) come looking to partner with local companies but don’t know who to partner with. So we always tell them to work with people who are certified so that we be able to build their capacity,” he added.
On the challenges encountered by start-ups, Kitoogo said regulations have been revised and now start-ups pay an application fee of only 70,000 shillings.
Kitoogo applauded ICTAU for creating a platform where key players and stakeholders in the ICT sector can come together to deliberate on how they can be actively engaged in the growth of the industry.