Tumwebaze: Gov’t Bodies to be Compelled to Buy Local ICT Solutions

The Ministry of ICT is proposing to bring a law to support the BUBU Policy in the ICT sector, Minister Frank Tumwebaze has revealed.

“Before an institution buys software from abroad, it should first exhaust the local ICT market,” said Tumwebaze amid a standing ovation on Wednesday.

This comes at a time innovators are complaining that government is prioritizing foreign ICT solutions which can be locally sourced.

The Minister said procurement agencies of government will be required to give priority to local ICT solutions:

Tumwebaze spoke at the awarding ceremony of innovations selected to benefit from financial support by the ICT Ministry.

The event, presided over by Premier Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, was held at the ICT Ministry in Kampala.

“ICT is the breakdown service of all sectors. It is the midwife that brings to life what was conceived,” said Tumwebaze.

“If you have a problem in health, public service, agriculture etc, throw it to the ICT innovators to develop solutions for you.”

On his part, Rugunda said the way of carrying out business in the world today is changing given new technologies and government has no choice but to use ICT’s to deliver services.

“The selected innovations are not only in ICT but also in other spheres of life including health, education, Agriculture etc,” he added.

Some of the selected innovations include Jaguza app which enables users to perform a range of livestock record management tasks via the convenience of their smartphone or tablet whilst on the go and also from our online web-based system and offline desktop system even from ordering ear tags, to recording animal movements and capturing and recording weight data. It took home Shs 100m.

Akellobanker, a data-driven mobile (USSD, SSM) and web platform that enables farmers to access and order for improved seeds/inputs, tractor hire services/farm implements, farm extension services, and Medical services for cash or on credit, took home Shs 100m.

Shs 70m was handed to Akatale App, a smart-phone application that provides a highly efficient and best price grocery delivery service to consumers while also connecting farmers and the vendors of agricultural produce to the final consumer.

665 proposals from innovators were received this year via a provided online platform.

Only 391 applications were complete.

Dr Annabella Habinka (PhD), who headed the selection process said each application was handled transparently and individually.

“We don’t see names,” she said.

Top 100 innovations were called for presentation and 60 were earmarked for funding.

Shs 6bn will be spent on the development of the innovations.

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