Government started the construction of the ICT innovation hub here in Kampala. The hub, according to the ICT and National Guidance Minister, Frank Tumwebaze will serve as a resource centre for Ugandan innovators who will freely access all the necessary services such as internet, computers and any other relevant service to their innovation. The hub will cost UGX 5 billion Uganda shillings and is expected to be completed in the next 6 months.
— Frank K Tumwebaze,MP (@FrankTumwebazek) November 6, 2017
ICT innovators will no longer have to worry about resources required for them to do their work. This after government through the ICT ministry decided to establish the ICT innovation hub where all the necessary resources will be available and accessed freely. Yesterday, ground breaking for the hub which will be hosted by the Uganda Information and Technology Institute in Nakawa was done and according to Frank Tumwebaze, the ICT and National Guidance minister, these will cost UGX 5.6 billion.
“Without innovation, you will never get the dividend of your investment in connectivity. The money we put in the backbone (NBI) and consuming this airtime and MBs, we will never get it– you can only get it if you are very own children are able to become technology entrepreneurs are what they call tech-preneurs . And, they are also able to sell to the wider market to a wider market” Frank Tumwebaze said.
The ICT innovation hub, will be constructed by the engineering brigade of the Uganda Polices Defense Forces and is expected to be completed in the next six months.
With these efforts being put in places, government has been encouraged to be the lead consumer of products which will be coming out of this hub in the norm of Buy Uganda Build Uganda (BUBU).
“We want to give out more money, to those ideas that have passed the trail stage and are struggling to go to the market. I will like to appeal to government, when people have done some innovation, we appeal to government to buy them ” he minister added.
We welcome the ground breaking initiative & attach alot of importance to #ICTinnovation.
A nation that innovates in response to local challenges develops faster.#ICTInnovationUg@FrankTumwebazek @UCC_Official pic.twitter.com/cK1aF2QMLH
— Godfrey Mutabazi (@UCC_ED) November 8, 2017
The development is part of a broader digital strategy drafted by the ministry of ICT. In it included how government shall digitize some sectors such as education and health. This innovation program was allocated UGX 13 billion shillings in financial year’s budget just to ensure that it is put to reality.