Uganda – Unleashing opportunities in ICT

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Investing in the burgeoning ICT sector in Uganda is vital to drive the growth of the industry, and of the country as a whole.  And making sure the message on Uganda’s digital and broadband initiatives, projects and opportunities gets out to a world of potential investors is a big part of ensuring this happens.

This is why Uganda will be present on the showfloor at ITU Telecom World 2013 with a National Pavilion, showcasing ICT technologies, advancements, innovations and investment opportunities to the event’s uniquely influential global audience. Under the theme of “Uganda – Unleashing the opportunity for ICT”, the Uganda pavilion will be accompanied by a delegation headed by the Minister for Information and Communications Technology, H.E. John Nasasira, and including officials from UCC, the Ministry of ICT and NITA-U, Ministry of Tourism, and other key ICT sector players.

Priority ICT projects open to possible partnerships focus on the need to promote universal access to both voice telephony and data networks throughout the country, including the Rural Communications Development Fund and the National Backbone Infrastructure, which aims to connect all major towns in Uganda on an optical fibre network.

Growing business and economic activity is increasingly dependent on ICT, both as the essential supporting infrastructure and as a source of new initiatives and entrepreneurial start ups. Uganda has focused in particular on business process outsourcing in areas such as customer support services, policy management (including human resources) and data process services such as payroll outsourcing and technical support services.  Also in development are a series of ICT Technology Parks to boost the development of this business process outsourcing and encourage innovation incubation.

The multimedia business in Uganda is still in its infancy, and whatever production made in Uganda is faced with stiff global and regional competition.  This is a particularly exciting area looking to attract  investment to exploit local talent and innovation. Developing local digital content has consistently proved key to driving Internet take up and associated economic growth, in addition to paving the way for the inclusion of all citizens in the digital economy.

Uganda’s ICT sector has much to showcase, talent and technology to demonstrate to the world – and a wealth of potential partnerships and opportunities. There’s no better place to highlight this than the global stage of ITU Telecom World 2013.

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