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Scrap Off Taxes From ICT Equipment, Ministry Of ICT

Scrap Off Taxes From ICT Equipment, Ministry Of ICT

The Ministry of Information, Communication Technology and National Guidance has asked that government scraps off taxes on ICT equipment be scrapped off.

This according to them will make this equipment affordable to all Ugandans. The ministry made this request to the Parliament to put into action. Godfrey Kabyanga, the minister in charge of National Guidance led the officials.

According to him, the current taxes on ICT equipment are high thus making them inaccessible for many Ugandans.

The officials argued that removing the taxes on the ICT devices will not only make devices cheap but also accessible to the majority of Ugandans.

Universities like Makerere had actually made it mandatory for every student to report with a laptop. After how Covid treated the education system, most schools have decided to go digital.

This is in order to prepare their students for online education. However, this will remain a myth until they check the prices because IT equipment is expensive.

Meanwhile, Godfrey Kabyanga, also informed the committee that the ministry has established a communication and national guidance task force.

Here the experts from civil society and private sector will guide on how best to communicate government programs to the masses.

Uganda Communications Commission was also part of this meeting. They informed the MPs that they will be closing all telecom companies that don’t reach the 90% geographical coverage of the country in terms of network. MPs also asked UCC to investigate telecom companies that are evading taxes.

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