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challenges govt to adopt ICT policies

01/13/2006 (The Monitor) -- GOVERNMENT ministries have been challenged to adopt Information Communication Technology (ICT) policies if the Millennium Development Goals are to be achieved.

ICT is a stimulant in many development processes and could, if prioritised by individual government ministries, help to eradicate poverty, improve healthcare and promote education.

"It is not about lack of money but what we want from you are the policies and enabling environment to help ICT perform better. If this is not implemented then ICT will remain at a low level. At a national level the policy is already in place we need government ministries to come on board," Mr Patrick Masambu, the Executive Director Uganda Communications Commission, said.

Masambu said this during a breakfast meeting for all government ministries' permanent secretaries organised by UCC in collaboration with Aclaim, a consultancyto integrate ICTs into key national development priorities such as poverty eradication, capacity development should also be put into consideration since the sector is now becoming like a road network."

He said a lot has been done which has put Uganda to the 77th position out of the 104 countries according to the Global ICT index 2004.
The Chairman Public Service Commission, Mr Patrick Muzaale, also the chief guest, urged guests to mainstream sensitisation of all employees in their ministries.

"Lets disseminate the information to all the ministries' employees and change the image to paperless ministries," Muzaale said.
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