Frank Tumwebaze, Uganda’s Minister for Information and Communication Technology ( ICT ) & National Guidance of Uganda has called for collaboration among developed and low developed countries to reduce cost of Information and Technology services.
“We shouldn’t think that ICT is only for computer scientists in the lab. In these past three days, we have learnt that ICT is everywhere, in Agriculture, Education, and Health etc.”
“Digital technologies are not only for educated people both literate, illiterate and different sectors need ICT. There is need therefore for better collaboration to make technology affordable to everyone: “How do we best reduce the cost of IT (Information Technology) services to accelerate development in Africa especially IT Infrastructure and Internet? Can the cost of internet be made affordable like a bottle of water?” he added.
He made the remarks while closing the global information Communication for Development Conference at Munyonyo Hotel that attracted over 1000 IT experts.
The conference covered issues related to digital strategy, ICT for safeguarding, next steps of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning for development and humanitarian aid, innovations in digital financial inclusion, and practical advice on how Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and their partners can better manage the digital transformation.
This year’s ICT4D Conference had a strong focus on youth engagement, digital diversity and responsible data.
“We were able to receive over 930 Participants from 440 organizations in 85 countries who all came to Uganda to share their experiences and ideas around how ICT can help the poor and destitute in the world to better their lives. Uganda hosting this conference demonstrates that this country is in a great position to support digital development, with a very young population struggling with connectivity, and a strong mission around legislation and ICT investment. There is a great future for ICT here in Uganda.” Niek de Goeij, Country Representative in Uganda for Catholic Relief Services.
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