26 October 2012

Uganda: Govt to Use ICT in Corruption Fight

The Government has started plans to link its various ministries and institutions to a centralised online system to help stamp out corruption.

The e-governance system will also improve monitoring of administration and enhance efficiency in public service, according to Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, the information and communications technology minister.

Rugunda made the revelation yesterday while receiving the e-government master plan which was developed by the National IT Promotional Agency (NIPA) from South Korea.

South Korea is regarded as the leading country in implementing e-government systems in the world.

Accompanied by a delegation from the Korean embassy, South Korean chief of mission, Park Jong-Dae, handed over copies of the master plan to Rugunda at the ministry boardroom.

The plan lists the steps to be followed for Uganda to build an effective system to electronically provide government services.

It also urges the ICT ministry to source funding to implement the programme.

"South Korea has succeeded mainly because of ICT. Uganda can catch up as well," said minister Rugunda, commending South Korea for the support

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