Ssekandi Launches Uganda’s “Silicon Valley”

Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has cautioned that slow adoption to Information Communication Technology (ICT) by government agencies is likely to curtail Uganda’s development dreams and hamper the Vision 2040.

The world,  he said, is moving at fast pace and Uganda will not afford trailing all the time.

Ssekandi was speaking on Monday at the launch of the first International Conference on ICT and management which was organized by Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) in Kampala.

The two-day event pulled together experts in the two fields of ICT and Management from various countries and local universities.

The event, according to UTAMU vice Chancellor Prof Venansius Baryamureeba, aimed at providing an International forum for researchers and practitioners to president modern research in the two fields, with the focus of enhancing government service delivery.

Ssekandi emphasized government’s commitment to developing the ICT sector as reflected in the country’s National Development Plan and the Vision 2040.

The VP warned that adopting ICT and Management in government offices and agencies ought to be taken more seriously.

“If we are going to match the first growing trends of the world, we need to change the way we do things in various sectors,” he said.

“We cannot continue doing the same old things and expect new results to come.”

Describing the Annual conference as the Silicon Valley of Uganda, VC Baryamureeba said the country needed such fora to chart a way of developing public sector through the use of ICT.

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