GOVERNMENT TO ELIMINATE PAPERWORK IN MINISTRIES AND AGENCIES AS ICT MINISTRY LAUNCHES E-SERVICES

By Our Senior Reporters

The era of paperwork within government ministries and agencies will soon be no-more as the Ministry of ICT and NG embarks on a major campaign to scale up the use of e-services -what in other more advanced developed countries is called e-Government.

Cutting off physical contact in government services will amplifies service delivery by making it easier and faster to make decisions.

The new government initiative to go digital and or use electronic means to conduct  the state’s business was announced by the Minister of ICT and NG, Ms. Judith Nabakooba in Kampala while handing over 700 laptops to different government ministries and agencies through  NITA-U under the Regional Communications Infrastructure Program.

Nabakooba said that e-Services within government will allow government officials located in different regions take decisions in real time and greatly improve delivery of government services to the citizenry .

She also underscored the importance of the internet which cuts the cost of doing government business by more than half. In other sectors such as education, Nabakooba noted that computers are enabling students in remote areas to catch up with urban first class schools regarding the learning content.

“It is because of these and many more reasons that the Ministry of ICT is seriously encouraging all government entities to adopt the paperless culture,” she added.

The new initiative-Nabakooba explained was in line with the Digital Uganda Vision which aims to electronically deliver a variety of government and private services in various fields.

In order to facilitate the paperless culture, the Ministry of ICT and NG through NITA-U is also  laying approximately 732km of fiber optic cable and connecting an additional 700 sites to the NBI.

At least some 519 out of 700 sites including but not limited to local governments, hospitals, schools, universities, among others have been connected under the Last Mile Project.

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