18 February 2013

Uganda: Institutions Told to Design Workable ICT Policies

Institutions dealing with Information Communications Technology (ICT) should develop policies that match the Digital Age era in order to speed up trade, the State minister for ICT, Nyombi Tembo has said.

"You should design policies which don't only remain on paper, but also find effective solutions that are significant for new digital technology," the minister said.

He believes that policies which can't be implemented are of no significance to economic development. What he sees as essential for the ICT sector is equipping human resource with telecommunications skills was paramount.

He was officiating at the opening of the 45th African Advanced Level Telecommunications Institute (AFRALTI) governing council meeting at Uganda Communications Communication (UCC) headquarters in Kampala on Monday.

Thembo urged ICT experts to be adoptive, dynamic and creative while training others in digital technology in order to attract other institutions that have been left behind as far in technology.

The sector is the fastest growing sector in the world economy, and there have been repeated calls to stakeholders for more attention to it.

The executive director of UCC, Godfrey Mutabazi attended the meeting, and said emerging issues in technological changes need human resource development for the betterment of the industry.

Emphasis on the need of ICT skill development for any organisation to survive technological changes was also drawn by the director of AFRALTI Zimbabwe Eustance Maboreke.

"With technological changes, organisations need to impart ICT skills to its officers so that they can adopt quickly," Maboreke said.

Uganda is a member of AFRALTI whose mandate is to provide human resource capacity building through high-level quality training, consultancy and advisory services to both management and the technical personnel in ICT sector in Africa.

It is an inter-governmental orgainsation comprising of 22 member states.

The governing council meeting was attended by delegates from Malawi, Zambia, Kenya, Uganda Mozambique, Zimbabwe and others.

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