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NATIONAL INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY POLICY

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It has been established that information is a key factor for any development process. In light of the catalytic role that information plays in national development, government has set up a policy framework to ensure optimum utilization of this resource towards socio-economic development.  For government to implement the long term national development programmes like the Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP), the Plan for Modernization of Agriculture (PMA), and others, timely and relevant information must be available at all levels of implementation. Developments in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) have dramatically changed the way information is collected, stored, processed, disseminated and used, thus making it the most powerful tool for modernization and development.

There are three areas of focus in the ICT Policy:

(a)      Information as a resource for development,

(b) Mechanisms for accessing information,

(c) ICT as an industry, including e-business, software development and

     manufacturing.

 

The policy recognizes that the three areas are not mutually exclusive. Rather, the new ICT have led to convergence between the media and telecommunications. For instance, on a multi-media computer system, one can read online newspapers and other publications, watch television stations and listen to various radio stations as well as getting a wide variety of information from different websites.

 

Although the majority of the population is still dependent on the conventional and traditional information delivery systems, especially radio, new ICT can greatly enhance the efficiency of these systems in delivering development information.

 

ICT has been identified as one of the rapidly growing areas that have the potential to ‘leap-frog’ Uganda to benefit from the globalised economy.  E-commerce and ICT-based services have been earmarked among the eight priority areas for export development, particularly through the Smart Strategic Partnership programme between government, private investors and development partners.say something about your country.

 

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