Friday, November 1, 2013

No transformation in Africa without ICT say leaders

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has told fellow Heads-of-State from Africa that the application and use of ICT must be multi-directional  and has to be integrated as part of the entire social economic transformation process.

President Museveni was quoted by The New Vision in his address at the Transform Africa Summit underway this week in Kigali, Rwanda. He said, “ICT must not only be used to assist agricultural development, manufacturing, in education and the services sector but it must also be used as a sector by itself especially in out-sourcing of jobs’ abroad. It must also be optimally applied in solving challenges in automation of machines, storing and retrieving of information, identifying of persons, in democratic voting systems, sorting out the wage bill and in defence systems”.

Under the theme “The Future Delivered Now”, the Summit is focused on broadband connectivity as a solution to ICT connectivity challenges on the Continent, as well as communication between governments and the private sector.

It is being hosted by President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, in conjunction with the Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), Dr. Hamadoun TourĂ©.

According to President Museveni, Uganda has acquired broadband backbone connectivity in 22 towns and municipalities out of 112 in the Country, The New Vision reports.

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