President Yoweri Museveni has called on Ugandans, especially the youth, to use the ICT infrastructure development that is already in place, in order to create wealth saying that people should use technology especially telephones to do business and get money instead of using those gadgets all the time on non-profitable and unnecessary activities.
The President noted that infrastructural development is now in place; both telephony, on land and at sea and reminded all Ugandans that this in itself does not mean wealth. He, therefore, urged the youth specifically to tap into the opportunities that have been put in place by the government in order to achieve economic wealth.
President Museveni launched BPO Incubation Centre and urged youth to use existing infrastructure to create wealth
“There are now 20 million telephone lines compared to 2,800 lines in 1986. This is development, it is not necessarily wealth. Having a phone is just an instrument; use these developments to create wealth,” he counselled.
The President was yesterday launching the Business Processing Out-Sourcing Incubation Center at the Statistics House in Kampala. He lauded the National Information Technology Authority (NITA-Uganda) for setting up the Centre adding that he has been pushing for the same project for a long time. He said that the problem has been students doing courses which are not marketable.
President Museveni said that the government has worked on ICT backbone saying that the country is now linked to Kenya and South Sudan and soon to Tanzania via Mutukula and Rwanda.
The President, who inspected the Centre, pledged government’s sourcing business directly instead of going through the costly middle men route.
State Minister for ICT, Hon. Nyombi Thembo, commended the President for his strategic leadership and the conviction that Uganda can use ICT for social economic transformation.
He said that the President’s support to ICT has achieved a lot including the sector growing now at 19.3% per annum and ranked the most vibrant and fast growing sectors of the economy.
NITA Board Chairman, Dr. Fredrick Tusubira, appreciated the support of the President and the NRM government the enabling environment that has seen the business sector grow and youth trained leading to creation of several opportunities.