Min. Tumwebaze: No ICT, No Economic Growth

The Minister for IT and National Guidance Frank Tumwebaze has Monday said that without ICT innovations economic growth in a country like Uganda will remain stagnant.

Tumwebaze noted that ICT innovations provide answers that drive a country to its destinations by bringing in position new technologies.

“We must demonstrate that ICT solves everything if at all we have hopes of getting support from our people and above all funding from governments and donors, buy information pills ” he said.

While addressing the 53rd meeting of the Africa Advanced Telecommunications Institute (AFRALTI) that will be going on for three days at the Imperial Royale hotel, Hon Frank urged all institutions to introduce courses that are attractive for the young people.

“Institutes should put in more money so that young people get involved and actually form new innovations that can eventually solve the problems in our country.”

“First we are proud that the ICT world is doing well and it has transformed businesses, markets and so on. For example people no longer want to work in an environment with no WiFi because they cannot do their work well”

“We should also not give up on our staff; let’s give funding for them in our financial budgets to go back to institutes like AFRALTI and be trained again and again”.

AFRALTI is a Kenyan based Inter-Governmental Institute established in 1992 to supplement and spearhead ICT development efforts mainly in English-speaking Africa.

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