10 June 2002

Uganda: Karamoja On Internet

The Minister of Information, Mr. Basoga Nsadhu, on Friday launched the Karamoja Data Centre website which has information on the three districts of Moroto, Kotido and Nakapiripirit.

The website, http://www.karamojadata.org has information including detailed maps of the districts, ethnic and cultural groupings and the location of minerals in the region.

"Karamoja, which is considered to be the least developed region in the country, has been linked to the internet faster than other districts. This is encouraging. It will enhance development tremendously in the region," Basoga said.

"The Government is taking very decisive steps to see that Uganda does not lag behind in information technology. We cannot afford to stay behind when other countries are moving on. It is inevitable that we take information technology seriously," Basoga added.

He said with the advancement of technology, it is important that all districts get linked on the internet.

Members of Parliament from Karamoja, officials from the Office of the Prime Minister and a representative from the Italian Government attended the ceremony.

Peter Lokeris, the state minister for Karamoja, said the internet link would help eradicate poverty and develop Karamoja region, which he said had been chronically underdeveloped over the years.

The Karamoja Data Centre was funded by the Italian Cooperation which injected in over US$ 250,000.

Lokeris said, "Karamoja stands to benefit. The region has always been portrayed negatively. I am happy that our partners and well-wishers who want to assist us will be able to access current information."

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