In Uganda, the ministry of ICT & National Guidance, UNDP and Centenary Technology Services (Cente-Tech) have initiated the process to define the country’s long-term roadmap for digital transformation.
Cente-Tech’s Chief Technology Officer, Peter Kahiigi, made this known during a meeting of various stakeholders, indicating that digital transformation is accelerating in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kahiigi said, “The future is arriving faster than expected. At the same time, income inequality and related disparities have increased, stoking social discontent. For us to realise the promise of today’s smart revolution, policies need to be smarter. The roadmap we are developing will be more responsive to change to fully capture potential gains in productivity and economic growth and address rising inequality as technological disruptions create winners and losers,”
Also commenting, Innocent Ejolu, UNDP Partnerships, Innovation & Development Solutions Specialist, said the roadmap will present an overarching vision for a well-connected Uganda that delivers on the opportunities presented by various technologies, limits the risks whilst defining how the vision can effectively be achieved.
Amos Mpungu from the ministry of ICT welcomed this effort of defining a roadmap that will deliver long-term digital transformation in Uganda.
Mpungu said, “As a nation, we have various initiatives being undertaken with the solitary objective – to digitise Uganda. This effort to aggregate the efforts into a single blueprint is needed now, and we are happy to lead this in alliance with the various stakeholders across the ICT sector.”
Steven Kirenga, Centre Tech’s Head of Product & Business Development and Customer Experience, thanked UNDP and the Ministry of ICT & National Guidance for uniting major ICT sector players.
Kirenga said, “At Cente-Tech, our mission is to ‘deliver innovation that matters to enable and inspire growth. Therefore, our partnership with the Ministry of ICT and UNDP is a natural one as we believe that digital transformation is the only way to achieve equitable and inclusive social & economic transformation in Uganda,”