ICT Policy 26 Feb 2013
World over, ICT has revolutionized the way people live and work. The Internet and the use of web-based technologies have led to new communication modalities that have forced traditional media to devise new strategies in the struggle to remain relevant. Even at national level, ICTs are increasingly playing a major role in all aspects of life: Cognizant of these developments, Government of Uganda has adopted ICT as a key enabler of socio-economic transformation. This is indeed clearly articulated in the National Development Plan 2010/2015, and the Vision 2040.
Over the last 25 years, Government has been implementing poverty reduction programmes. The global trend is that all actors need to work together on order to create conditions that will enable the population to overcome their poverty, and reduce their risks and vulnerabilities. In its long term vision, government of Uganda, like all other progressive countries, strives to build a globally competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life, within the shortest time possible.
Aware that ICT have the potential to impact economic growth by providing the catalytic role to other sectors, this ICT policy is aimed at supporting the realization of the national vision. The thrust of the policy recommendations is aimed at enhancing the existing Sub-Sector Policies in the areas of Telecommunications, Postal services, Broadcasting, Information Technology and Information Management Services. It goes further to elucidate a number of crosscutting areas ranging from Research and Development, through Human Capacity Building to Awareness Creation and Mass Sensitization, among others. There is a separate chapter on emerging policy areas that include the Internet, Information Security, E-Government, the use of ICTS in Education, Health, Agriculture, Commerce, and a number of other sectors. Finally there are parts on Priority programmes, Institutional Framework, as well as Monitoring and Evaluation.