The Minister for ICT and National Guidance Hon Chris Baryomunsi has expressed the need for key private stakeholders in the country to supplement Government’s efforts in promoting information Communication in the country.
At the signing event of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Government of Uganda and Centenary Technology services (under Centenary Bank) at Mapeera house Kampala, Baryomunsi noted that government has for so long sought for partnerships with the private sector.
“We value partnership with all partners especially private and we are grateful for this milestone. Private sector has a critical role play in accelerating digital transformation, Ugandan economic growth must be digitally driven and digital economy is a source of job creation boosting economic growth among others,” Hon. Baryomunsi said.
“Development of ICT and expanding digital space doesn’t only necessarily mean the kind of physical structure like laying the national back borne infrastructure to solve internet challenges in the country building data centers and IT Labs, it goes beyond that,” he added.
He also asked potential private companies to emulate Centenary Group and tap into the available opportunities for transformation of sectors like financial services, agriculture, health, education, and E – Government.
“If we are to achieve the National Development Plans, we have to embrace ICT. We must embrace technology. As the Ministry, we are responsible for the transformation of this on behalf of the Government of Uganda by ensuring that Uganda takes a lead in that development.”
Centenary Bank Board Chairman Prof Ddumba Ssentamu in a brief chat with Minister Baryomunsi.
The Minister assured Cente- Tech Service representatives that as Government they are more than ready to fulfill their obligations as per the MOU with a view of generating more revenue and more employment opportunities.
Prof. Dumba Ssentamu, the Chairman Board of Centenary Group, revealed that through their technological advancements, their Mission is to come up with innovations that can reduce poverty in the rural areas of the country.
“Our mission as a group is to transform lives of people and promote environmental protection through financial inclusion and innovative business solutions. We are also exploring the possibility of taking the bank to other East African countries like South Sudan, Kenya or DRC as we extend our services beyond borders,” Ssentamu said.
A team from Ministry of ICT together with Centenary Group heads after signing of the MOU on Thursday.
Dr. Grace Ssekakubo commended the Government for having put in place a robust ICT infrastructure which has attracted private players like them to develop solutions and trade services which have greatly improved upon service delivery in the country.
“Although the youth have embraced Government’s call to develop solutions to address several problems, there is still a gap between the innovations hubs and final users of these Applications (Apps) which we have come to address,” Ssekakubo noted
He has promised that as part of their duty in the MoU, they will be picking up innovations from Government innovation hubs, innovators, polish them and direct them where they are needed.
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